The State Dept warned Hillary Clinton emails threatened national security. The head of diplomatic security at the State Department warned Hillary Clinton, after only one month as Secretary of State, that her use of a personal, non-secure email system posed a threat to US national security. However, Hillary Clinton’s zeal to avoid transparency and circumvent national archive laws was so great that she ignored the consequences her actions would have on the national security of her country. She put herself first, and in so doing, she compromised the national security of the United States for a long time to come. Her actions indicate her indifference to what was best for America. We now know that she was warned, in writing, not to do exactly what she did. This is the very essence of treason.
Clinton Emails Threatened National Security Officials Warned
An official State Department memorandum proves that State Department officials warned Hillary Clinton and Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer and chief of staff, that Mills and Secretary Clinton should discontinue using their Blackberry devices because they posed “vulnerabilities and risks.”
The newly released State Department memo was sent by Eric Boswell, who was then head of diplomatic security, in the first weeks of Clinton’s tenure.
Parts of the memo, which was obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act, are still classified. Boswell stepped down from his position as head of Diplomatic Security in 2012, shortly after the Benghazi attack.
Clinton has defended her use of a non-secure personal server for all of her communications. Clinton claimed that she set up the non-secure network in her home because it was convenient, which enabled her to carry just one Blackberry device. However, subsequent evidence has proven that Clinton used at least two devices to access the unsecured network. The memo, which was made public Friday, states that even the Blackberry she chose to use was discouraged by her own agency.
Enforcing State Department Email Practices
State Dept officials expressed other concerns in addition to the threats to national security arising out of non-secure communications devices. State Dept officials were also concerned about the message of permissiveness that Clinton would be sending by violating State Department rules regarding communication security. “We also worry about the example that using Blackberries in Mahogany Row might set as we strive to promote crucial security practices and enforce important security standards among State Department staff,” the memo continued.
Boswell suggested “as an alternative” that diplomatic security officials work with Clinton’s staff to set up the official, unclassified system on a computer at the secretary’s office.
But, Clinton chose to ignore State Dept warnings, and instead was photographed throughout her years as Secretary of State using the now infamous Blackberry. Emails made public by the State Department indicate she also used a non-secure iPad to read her emails, some of which contained sensitive material.
“I cannot stress too strongly, however, that any unclassified Blackberry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving emails and exploiting calendars,” Boswell added.Related: Video Destroying Hillary’s Emails At Clinton Estate
Hillary Clinton exposed classified and top secret information to security vulnerabilities by storing classified and Top Secret material on her personal, non-secure server in her Chappaqua NY, home rather than on official government servers.
Clinton Emails Threatened National Security Discussed In 50+ State Dept EmailsJudicial Watch, an independent government watchdog group obtained the documents as result of a federal court order containing more than 50 State Department internal emails from 2009 and 2011 warning of serious security concerns involving the use by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff of “highly vulnerable” Blackberries in the executive offices of the Foggy Bottom headquarters.
The documents were obtained from the State Department by Judicial Watch, who was able to secure a court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Judicial Watch, Inc. v. US Department of State. Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the State Department refused to comply with FOIA requests.
Judicial Watch succeeded in securing documents that were being hidden by both Hillary Clinton and the State Department. As a result, Judicial Watch has proved that Clinton was fully aware of the deep security concerns surrounding the Blackberry security issue early on in her tenure as Secretary of State.
“These new State Department emails are devastating. The emails show Hillary Clinton knew about but ignored national security warnings concerning the use of Blackberries and other unsecure computing systems,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “These new emails ought to be of interest to the FBI and federal prosecutors, as the emails show that her mishandling of classified information and violations of federal records laws was far from innocent.”
Clinton Emails Threatened National Security Summary
Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton used a non-secure personal email server for her email communications while Secretary of State, rather than secure US government servers. Since the story went public, Clinton has provided repeated explanations, each of which has been demonstrably dishonest. The latest Clinton lie is her assertion that she did nothing wrong; that her non-secure email setup was allowed by the State Department. We now know that State Dept officials began warning Clinton that her emails posed a threat to national security in her first month as Secretary of State.
Hillary Clinton violated the Espionage Act and must be prosecuted.