The controversy over Hillary Clinton's improper, unsecure email server is far from over. The federal investigation into possible criminal negligence
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job. A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information. Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA. “I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of SCI by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation,” the agreement states.
As we've detailed, Mrs. Clinton has altered her email assertions over time: At first, she claimed that "
Hillary Clinton signed a document that spelled out, in detail, that the negligent handling of secret intelligence could "cause irreparable harm" to the United States of America. The same form made it clear that this standard applied to marked
Malicious actors routinely attempted to hack the personal email accounts of senior State Department officials during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat, an internal memo reveals. The February 2011 memo, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, warned of “a dramatic increase … in attempts by [redacted] to compromise the private home e-mail accounts of senior [State] Department officials.” All of Clinton’s official email communications as secretary of state took place through a personal email address housed on a “homebrew” server in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home. According to the memo, written specifically for Clinton by Eric Boswell, then the State Department’s top diplomatic security official, the unnamed hackers were attempting to breach officials’ email accounts via a technique known as “phishing.”
The report goes on to demonstrate that Clinton was targeted by "phishers," and that she responded to at least one of the bogus emails. The State Department official who wrote the memo warning of outside hacking efforts assured Clinton that at least classified information wasn't in jeopardy because "the targets are unclassified personal e-mail accounts." This would have been a silver lining if not for the crucial fact that Clinton used her unclassified personal email accounts and server for all of her official business, including quite a lot of classified business. She was very explicitly warned of the risks, but chose to carry on with her reckless email scheme anyway. In addition, Boswell also sent an urgent 2009 memo to top State Department staff, including Clinton, warning that unclassified Blackberrys and smart phones were "highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving emails, and exploring calendars." Boswell emphasized the severity of the admonition, writing, "I cannot stress [this] too strongly." Mrs. Clinton continued to use a number of non-State Department-issued mobile devices throughout her tenure as America's top diplomat. One last point: Politico published what appeared to be a quasi-exculpatory story over the weekend, stating that the intelligence community had wrongly assessed intelligence in
UPDATE: DNI Clapper's office denies final determination on classification of disputed Clinton emails https://t.co/fbpJv3dMFP— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) November 7, 2015
The two "top secret" emails apparently remain in dispute; several other missives have been deemed "secret," including a message pertaining to the Iranian nuclear negotiations.