There have been a number of interesting and damaging takeaways from the DOJ Inspector General’s report on the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. But there was one tidbit that is not getting the attention it deserves. Hillary Clinton’s reckless behavior led to a foreign power compromising classified materials.
Marc Thiessen explains:
“In fact, the overlooked bombshell of the report is the inspector general’s confirmation that classified information contained in Clinton’s emails was in fact compromised by foreign intelligence services, and that Clinton had recklessly emailed President Barack Obama using her unsecured personal email from the territory of a hostile foreign adversary.
“Before the report was released, we knew from Comey’s July 2016 statement that Clinton’s private emails included ‘seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received.’ We also knew that the FBI ‘also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail.’ Comey further declared, ‘We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.’ And he speculated that, given how “extremely careless” Clinton had been, it was ‘possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.’
“Well, it turns out, the FBI knew with certainty at the time that hostile actors had in fact gained access to classified information via Clinton’s emails. According to the inspector general, a special review of the Clinton email investigation in 2017 by the Office to the FBI’s Inspection Division (INSD) found that, before Comey’s 2016 statement, ‘the FBI … successfully determined classified information was improperly stored and transmitted on Clinton’s email server, and classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals, to include foreign governments or intelligence services, via cyber intrusion or other means.'”
Because of Clinton’s negligence, we may never know the full extent of the damage she caused. This was also exasperated by the fact that the FBI did not do a thorough investigation of her emails.
Thiessen also explains that Hillary Clinton was so cavalier about protecting classified materials that she actually used unsecured private email on foreign soil, which is a big no-no:
“When I worked in the George W. Bush White House, and traveled to certain foreign countries with the president, we were required by the Secret Service to remove the batteries from our BlackBerrys, place them in a sealed plastic bag, and leave them on Air Force One for the duration of our visit to prevent foreign adversaries from hacking into the White House email system. But Clinton was so cavalier that she actually used not her government communications device, but her unsecured private email to communicate directly with the president of the United States from the territory of a foreign adversary. By emailing Obama directly from hostile territory, she put both her own email system and the president’s at risk of foreign intrusion.”
Thiessen concludes that what James Comey presented to the public about the Clinton email investigation was not as bad as it should have been.