(Breitbart) A new trove of documents unearthed by Judicial Watch with a Freedom of Information Act request sheds more light on the Clinton email scandal, revealing that Hillary Clinton demanded changes to the National Security Agencyâ€™s protocols so she could use her smartphone and secret email server.
Judicial Watch describes a chain of emails that show Clinton demanding the use of a secure smartphone just like the one given to President Barack Obama:
Clintonâ€™s desire for a secure â€śBlackBerry-likeâ€ť device, like that provided to President Barack Obama, is recounted in a series of February 2009 exchanges between high-level officials at the State Department and NSA. Clinton was sworn in as secretary the prior month, and had become â€śhookedâ€ť on reading and answering emails on a BlackBerry she used during the 2008 presidential race.
â€śWe began examining options for (Secretary Clinton) with respect to secure â€?BlackBerry-likeâ€™ communications,â€ť wrote Donald R. Reid, the departmentâ€™s assistant director for security infrastructure. â€śThe current state of the art is not too user friendly, has no infrastructure at State, and is very expensive.â€ť
Reid wrote that each time they asked the NSA what solution they had worked up to provide a mobile device to Obama, â€śwe were politely told to shut up and color.â€ť
Resolving the issue was given such priority as to result in a face-to-face meeting between Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, seven senior State Department staffers with five NSA security experts. According to a summary of the meeting, the request was driven by Clintonâ€™s reliance on her BlackBerry for email and keeping track of her calendar. Clinton chose not to use a laptop or desktop computer that could have provided her access to email in her office, according to the summary.
A common Clinton talking point is that her predecessors had email arrangements similar to her own. Thatâ€™s an absurd assertion on its face, since no other SecState ever tried to route all official correspondence â€“ and emails from aides â€“ through an unsecure homebrew server kept in a personal residence.
Judicial Watch blows another hole in this talking point by noting that previous Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her staff were given waivers to use BlackBerries during the Bush Administrationâ€¦ but the NSA explicitlyÂ stoppedÂ issuing such waivers before Clintonâ€™s arrival, due to security concerns. The State Departmentâ€™s NSA liaison expressed security concerns in response to Clintonâ€™s request, but the details are currently being kept secret by the State Department.
â€śThese documents show that Hillary Clinton knew her BlackBerry wasnâ€™t secure,â€ť said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. â€śThe FBI and prosecutors ought to be very interested in these new materials.â€ť
Fox News notes that the very nature of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) forbids using wireless communications devices on the premises, because smartphones are basically portable security breaches. Itâ€™s like bringing a bucket of fried chicken into the clean room of a bioweapons laboratory.
According to Fox, current and former intelligence officials â€śgrimacedâ€ť when presented with the idea of Clinton or her aides bringing smartphones into secure facilities.
â€śAnyone who has any appreciation at all of security, you donâ€™t ask a question like that,â€ť cybersecurity analyst Morgan Wright said of Clintonâ€™s request for a smartphone. â€śIt is contempt for the system, contempt for the rules that are designed to protect the exact kind of information that was exposed through this email set upâ€¦Â When you allow devices like this into a SCIF, you can allow the bad guys to listen in.â€ť
Various intel and State Department officials interviewed by Fox News claimed they didnâ€™t realize how extensively she planned to user her personal email account, and didnâ€™t know she would handle classified documents on her smartphone â€“ something she denied doing, until overwhelming evidence to the contrary accumulated.
There are also conflicting claims about whether a safe area outside the secure compartmented facility at the State Department was created so Clinton could safely use her personal phone, and whether or not she ever used it, if such a space was provided.
Writing at theÂ Observer,Â former NSA analyst John R. Schindler foresees a possible war brewing between Clinton and the NSA, especially if a politicized Justice Department quashes a solid FBI criminal referral against her.
Schindler suggests it could end up in a â€śleak-fest of a kind not seen in Washington, D.C. since Watergate,â€ť if irate FBI and NSA officials start handing â€śClintonian dirty laundryâ€ť over the press. He says intelligence officials are nursing some bad memories about their â€śbureaucratic showdownâ€ť with Clinton, who was basically demanding the same cool toy Obama got, like a spoiled brat:
The State Department has not released the full document trail here, so the complete story remains unknown to the public. However, one senior NSA official, now retired, recalled the kerfuffle with Team Clinton in early 2009 about Blackberrys. â€śIt was the usual Clinton prima donna stuff,â€ť he explained, â€śthe whole â€?rules are for other peopleâ€™ act that I remembered from the Nineties.â€ť
Why Ms. Clinton would not simply check her personal email on an office computer, like every other government employee less senior than the president, seems a germane question, given what a major scandal EmailGate turned out to be.
â€śWhat did she not want put on a government system, where security people might see it?â€ť the former NSA official asked, adding, â€śI wonder now, and I sure wish Iâ€™d asked about it back in 2009.â€ť
Heâ€™s not the only NSA affiliate with pointed questions about what Hillary Clinton and her staff at Foggy Bottom were really up toâ€”and why they went to such trouble to circumvent Federal laws about the use of IT systems and the handling of classified information. This has come to a head thanks to Team Clintonâ€™s gross mishandling of highly classified NSA intelligence.
Schindler writes at length about one particular Clinton email he has spotlighted before â€“ an intelligence report on Sudan from Clintonâ€™s shady henchman Sidney Blumenthal, who was expressly forbidden by the President from playing any role whatsoever at Clintonâ€™s State Department. Schindler is absolutely certain Blumenthal lifted material from highly sensitive NSA documents, classified at the highest level, which he could not possibly have legal access to. One current NSA official said Blumenthal copied a Top Secret/Special Intelligence document â€śword-for-word.â€ť
At the dawn of the email scandal, Hillary Clinton gave a press conference where she insisted she made these incredible demands on the State Department and NSA for herÂ trifling personal convenienceÂ â€“ she just didnâ€™t want to carry two wireless devicesÂ around, one for private email and the other for secure material.
If that was true, it would be one of the most breathtaking acts of sheer selfish irresponsibility ever taken by an American public officialâ€¦ but of courseÂ nobody seriously believes itâ€™s true, especially not after learning how many serious intelligence officials tried to stop her from doing it, how much advice she had to ignore in order to proceed, how much expense was incurred, and how many protocols were violated along the way.