Why Hillary's emails matter, as explained by a former CIA officer

Clementine

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Her actions were grossly negligent. The thought of putting her in a position where she will have total access to all classified and top secret information should give everyone concern. I think her only goal was not to get caught. If she is in charge, she will control all agencies and there will be little oversight.

I realize liberals don't care about the huge breach of national security. I guess the thought of more socialist policies and free shit are more important than preserving our national security and way of life.

"The 2016 presidential election, already one of the wildest in American history, has been rocked by the announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reopening it's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Apparently while investigating disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner's transmission of sexually explicit images to a fifteen-year-old girl, the FBI discovered more emails relevant to Hillary Clinton's own infamous case.

At the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, Clinton's personal aide, perhaps best known for her alleged family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The emails appear to have been found on a computer used by both Abedin and Weiner.

Where all this goes from here remains unclear. That said, in the interest of helping a scandal-weary electorate put these new developments in context, shall we review a few things?

I have worked in national security my entire life. Most of that has been in the intelligence community surrounded by classified information. For twenty years, I worked undercover in the Central Intelligence Agency, recruiting sources, producing intelligence and running operations. I have a pretty concrete understanding of how classified information is handled and how government communications systems work.
Nobody uses a private email server for official business. Period. Full stop.

The entire notion is, to borrow a phrase from a Clinton campaign official, “insane.” That anyone would presume to be allowed to do so is mind-boggling. That government officials allowed Hillary Clinton to do so is nauseating.

Classified and unclassified information do not mix. They don’t travel in the same streams through the same pipes. They move in clearly well defined channels so that never the twain shall meet. Mixing them together is unheard of and a major criminal offense.

If you end up with classified information in an unclassified channel, you have done something very wrong and very serious.

Accidentally removing a single classified message from controlled spaces, without any evidence of intent or exposure to hostile forces, can get you fired and cost you your clearance. Repeated instances will land you in prison.

Every hostile intelligence agency on the planet targets senior American officials for collection. The Secretary of State tops the list. Almost anything the Secretary of State had to say about her official duties, her schedule, her mood, her plans for the weekend, would be prized information to adversaries.

It is very difficult, in fact, to think of much of anything that the Secretary of State could be saying in email that we would want hostile forces to know.

As we wait for more information on the latest revelations, let’s quickly note what we already know Hillary Clinton did.

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email address for official business. Instead of using a State Department account, she used a personal email account, housed on a private server located in her home in Chappaqua, New York. The Department of State exercised zero control or oversight in this process. No government security personnel were involved in protecting them.

When the House Select Committee on Benghazi asked to see these emails, the Department of State said they did not have them. Clinton’s lawyers then went through all the emails on her server. They turned over 30,000 emails they decided were work related and deleted all of the rest.

How they made the decision as to which emails to share and which to destroy remains unknown. Active government officials were not involved in this process.

Hillary says she did not use the account to transmit classified information. This has been proven false. The FBI found over 100 messages that contained information that was classified when sent, including numerous email chains at the level of Top Secret/Special Access Programs. They don’t get any more highly classified, it’s the virtual summit of Mt. Everest. One theme pertained to the movement of North Korean nuclear assets obtained via satellite imagery. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is extremely sensitive information.

The FBI found another 2,000 messages containing information that should have been classified at the time it was sent. How much more classified information may have been in the tens of thousands of emails, which Clinton’s lawyers erased, is completely unknown.

Hillary Clinton supporters like to ask rhetorically, “Well, what about Colin Powell?” Nice try, but using your own private email address which received 2 emails determined to be classified later, is nothing like deliberately operating a home brewed server, and then see it handle thousands of classified e-mails.

It’s like asking, "what about the guy who received a stolen apple?" while equating his actions to those of bank robbers who stole $10 million."

Hillary's emails matter: A retired CIA officer explains why
 

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I saw one of Team Trumps bimbo's stick her foot in her mouth knee deep last night ...

" the FBI did the right thing, our country deserves to know exactly whats in those emails before the election"


HELL, I AGREE !
 

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Comey's original explanation was an indictment itself, but he didn't want to be seen as trying to influence the election. However, these new discoveries painted him into a corner where concealing them would effectively indict him as a corrupt co-conspirator to defraud the public. In that case, he would have had to claim the same sort of negligent ineptitude that he cited to let Hillary off the hook. How ironic.
 

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I saw one of Team Trumps bimbo's stick her foot in her mouth knee deep last night ...

" the FBI did the right thing, our country deserves to know exactly whats in those emails before the election"


HELL, I AGREE !
Well you should agree/accept that Trump is the better candidate. But classified information such as the nuclear codes are not supposed to be shared with the public.
 

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Comey's original explanation was an indictment itself, but he didn't want to be seen as trying to influence the election. However, these new discoveries painted him into a corner where concealing them would effectively indict him as a corrupt co-conspirator to defraud the public. In that case, he would have had to claim the same sort of negligent ineptitude that he cited to let Hillary off the hook. How ironic.

he didn't have the emails ... original explanation my indictment ass.
 

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the op article is full of bull crud....just the way the article was written it is screaming partisan....saying Huma has muslim brotherhood connections and calling the server investigation infamous, I can not understand how you can not SEE THIS, see the HIT JOB....?

the later classified top secret stuff was NOT from the Govt's separate system of top secret info....this ex CIA guy has NO clue on what he is talking about nor any clue about the actual case.... he has lied, saying this info was passed between the govt's top secret system and the unclassified govt system...it's ALL FALSE.

the later T/S classified info on her server, was info Hillary and team received from Syd Blumenthal, who got this information from his own OUTSIDE THE GOVT sources....

that's WHY it was not MARKED classified...it didn't come from the govt's system
 

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I saw one of Team Trumps bimbo's stick her foot in her mouth knee deep last night ...

" the FBI did the right thing, our country deserves to know exactly whats in those emails before the election"


HELL, I AGREE !
Well you should agree/accept that Trump is the better candidate. But classified information such as the nuclear codes are not supposed to be shared with the public.
Trump wnon't need to give away a nuclear code ... everyone will have nukes.

just ask his sorry ass

just don't ask him about the nuclear triad ... he has no idea about it


stupid nuclear brain mf'r

HEWITT: Of the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority? I want to go to Senator Rubio after that and ask him.

TRUMP: I think — I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.

[CNN, 12/15/15]
 
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Another indication that the Clinton team deliberately covered up a crime is an email discussing destroying the emails after they were subpoenaed. You don't do that if there is nothing to hide.

Okay, can't use the Wikileaks emails to prove intent because they were obtained illegally. However, the ones found legally on Weiner's computer could very well change things. Of course, intent never mattered before. It was always a serious violation to be negligent with information.

"You will recall that in July, when he announced he was not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey asserted that though she was “extremely careless,” she didn’t act with criminal intent.

“I think she was extremely careless. I think she was negligent. That I could establish. What we can’t establish is that she acted with the necessary criminal intent,” Comey declared.

Since then, we’ve learned that Clinton’s team used the likes of everything from Bleach Bit to good ol’ fashioned hammers to delete emails related to the investigation. But if those were a bit too “indirect” to prove criminal intent, how about this email in the newest Wikileaks dump, dropped today?

“We are going to have to dump all those emails.” This, just the day after Hillary’s emails were subpoenaed — and just as the news of her private server use broke publicly."

1 week before election, Wikileaks drops SMOKING GUN... - Allen B. West - AllenBWest.com
 

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