This is from The Federalist.
Hillary Clinton’s email woes just got a whole lot worse Friday after the State Department announced it considers 22 of her emails to be “top secret.”
Last week, Fox News reported that Clinton has shared extremely sensitive information, including intelligence obtained from human spying, which could have put lives at risk.
Some information contained in the email was classified as “HCS-O,” an intelligence agency code for human spy operations on the ground, or “HUMINT Control System Operations.” Additionally, several of her emails contained information for “special access programs” (SAP), which is a level of classification even higher than “top secret.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby has confirmed that the 22 emails containing SAP information were indeed top secret, though he maintained that the documents were not deemed classified at the time they were sent, according to Politico.
But I thought that Hillary said that there was only yoga routines and e-mails about her daughter’s wedding on her e-mail server?
Why did she do it?
This New York Post article explains why Hillary decided to create a parallel e-mail server system that was not under the control of the government:
The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.
“This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.
The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov e-mail address like previous secretaries.
“That’s a change in the standard. It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private e-mail server until later,” Krongard said in an exclusive interview. “How else was she supposed to do business without e-mail?”
He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5¹/₂-year vacancy was unprecedented.
“This is a major gap. In fact, it’s without precedent,” he said. “It’s the longest period any department has gone without an IG.”
Inspectors general serve an essential and unique role in the federal government by independently investigating agency waste, fraud and abuse. Their oversight also covers violations of communications security procedures.
“It’s clear she did not want to be subject to internal investigations,” Krongard said. An e-mail audit would have easily uncovered the secret information flowing from classified government networks to the private unprotected system she set up in her New York home.
When Hillary created a private unprotected e-mail system, she was pushing away all of the security measures that are in place on government e-mail systems.
So was she hacked?
This Post and Courier article explains:
As for the Clinton camp’s attempts to dismiss this scandal as election-year politics, consider the bipartisan credentials — and expert perspective — of Robert Gates.
Mr. Gates has worked for presidents of both parties during a distinguished public service career, including tenures as Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Mr. Gates is not known for taking politically motivated shots at our nation’s leaders. He has praised Mrs. Clinton’s work as secretary of state in the past.
But last week, Mr. Gates said he agreed with former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell that Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was probably hacked by Russia, China and Iran, among others.
So, Robert Gates and Mike Morell agree – foreign governments were reading the mail of our Secretary of State. The Secretary of State!
I think that’s enough to indict her. Of course, when I ask my Democrat friends how much they know about the things I wrote about in this post, they have no idea. You don’t learn a lot about reality by watching MSNBC and laughing at Trevor Noah tweets.