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WIKILEAKS BOMBSHELL: Hillary and Lawyers Wanted to Keep Private Server Quiet Because ‘They Wanted to Get Away With It’–Confidante Spills…


waving flagPosted on October 25, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://girlsjustwannahaveguns.com/wikileaks-bombshell-hillary-lawyers-wanted-keep-private-server-quiet-wanted-get-away-confidante-spills/

A close confidante of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman revealed in an email that she was convinced Hillary ‘wanted to get away with’ keeping all her official emails on a private homebrew server. Well, we all knew it. Now we have confirmation of it.

In the message chain, Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden told Clinton chairman John Podesta – who was also the far-left group’s board chairman – that Clinton should ‘immediately’ move to hand her entire email archive over to the National Archives.

The conversation came one day after The New York Times first published evidence of the former secretary of state’s controversial email setup, which put her work-related correspondence outside the reach of officials who responded to Freedom of Information Act requests. 

‘Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy,’ Tanden said.

Podesta responded, calling foot-dragging by Clinton and her lawyers Cheryl Mills and David Kendall ‘unbelievable.’

‘[I] guess I know the answer,’ Tanden chimed in, answering her own question.

‘[T]hey wanted to get away with it.’only-accomplishment

Mills and Kendall, along with former Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines ‘sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here,’ Podesta fumed.

In addition to counseling her legally, Mills was Clinton’s chief of staff at the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2013.

IT testimony: Up to 20 people had access to Clinton servers, and that’s not the scariest part


waving flagSeptember 13, 2016 | |  DC-NEWS 300X71Kathryn Watson, DCNF 

URL of the original posting site:  http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/09/13/testimony-20-people-access-clinton-servers-thats-not-scariest-part-390357#ixzz4KG1V1KWa

Up to 20 people had access to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email system, Clinton IT tech Justin Cooper testified Tuesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR).

Cooper — the longtime aide to former President Bill Clinton who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s servers and destroyed some of her BlackBerry phones with a hammer — said “less than 20 people” had access to the former secretary of state’s private servers, although he didn’t offer an exact number. Cooper revealed to the committee he had no security clearance when he set up and accessed the original Clinton servers in 2008 during Hillary’s first presidential bid.or a liar

Cooper also told the committee he didn’t know what “security functions” were on the servers or whether they were encrypted.

“You’re running it, you don’t even know if it’s encrypted?” HOGR Chairman and Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. 

Clinton’s servers hosted thousands of emails, including ones with classified information.

Chaffetz said Cooper gets “brownie points” for both showing up and testifying, when three other invited Clinton IT witnesses did not, but expressed concern over the security of Clinton’s servers and sensitive information.

“It’s you … up against the Chinese and the Russians,” Chaffetz said to Cooper.

Tuesday marked the second of three HOGR hearings in a week on Hillary’s emails.

Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server


March 2, 2016

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The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.

The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.

So far, there is no indication that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in the email investigation to subpoena testimony or documents, which would require the participation of a U.S. attorney’s office.

Spokesmen at the FBI and Justice Department would not discuss the investigation. Pagliano’s attorney, Mark J. MacDougall, also declined to comment.

In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said: “As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed.”

He also said the campaign is “pleased” that Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before a congressional panel in September, is now cooperating with prosecutors. The campaign had encouraged Pagliano to testify before Congress.

As part of the inquiry, law enforcement officials will look at the potential damage had the classified information in the emails been exposed. The Clinton campaign has described the probe as a security review. But current and former officials in the FBI and at the Justice Department have said investigators are trying to determine whether a crime was committed.

“There was wrongdoing,” said a former senior law enforcement official. “But was it criminal wrongdoing?”

Any decision to charge someone would involve Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who told Congress when asked last month about the email inquiry: “That matter is being handled by career independent law enforcement agents, FBI agents, as well as the career independent attorneys in the Department of Justice. They follow the evidence, they look at the law and they’ll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate.”

She added, “We will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as how to best handle it.”Picture1

Current and former officials said the conviction of retired four-star general and CIA director David H. Petraeus for mishandling classified information is casting a shadow over the email investigation.

The officials said they think that Petraeus’s actions were more egregious than those of Clinton and her aides because he lied to the FBI, and classified information he shared with his biographer contained top secret code words, identities of covert officers, war strategy and intelligence capabilities. Prosecutors initially threatened to charge him with three felonies, including conspiracy, violating the Espionage Act and lying to the FBI. But after negotiations, Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.

He was fined $100,000 and sentenced to two years of probation. FBI officials were angered by the deal and predicted it would affect the outcome of other cases involving classified information. Petraeus “was handled so lightly for his offense there isn’t a whole lot you can do,” said a former U.S. law enforcement official who oversaw counterintelligence investigations and described the email controversy as “a lesser set of circumstances.”

The State Department has been analyzing the contents of Clinton’s correspondence, as it has prepared 52,000 pages of Clinton’s emails for public release in batches, a process that began in May and concluded Monday. The State Department has said 2,093 of Clinton’s released emails were redacted in all or part because they contained classified material, the vast majority of them rated “confidential,” the lowest level of sensitivity in the classification system.

Clinton and the State Department have said that none of the material was marked classified at the time it was sent. However, it is the responsibility of individual government officials to properly handle sensitive material.FOR PRISON

The email investigation is being conducted by FBI counterintelligence agents and supervised by the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

In a letter filed last month in federal court as part of ongoing civil litigation over Clinton’s emails, the FBI confirmed that it was “working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.” The agency declined to publicly detail the investigation’s “specific focus, scope or potential targets.”

On Tuesday, FBI Director James B. Comey said he was “very close” to the investigation.

Former federal prosecutor Glen Kopp said it is not surprising that agents want to interview Clinton and her aides.

“They are within the zone of interest of the investigation,” he said.

A request to interview her would have to be reviewed by top level officials at both the FBI and the Justice Department, a former official said. As part of those interviews, the FBI would also seek to establish that Clinton and her aides understood the policies and protocols for handling classified information, former officials said.

Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, declined to comment.

Kendall, who also has represented President Bill Clinton and Petraeus, has navigated similar issues in other cases. During the investigation of President Clinton by independent counsel Ken Starr, for instance, Kendall rebuffed several requests for interviews.

The president was then subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. In a deal brokered by Kendall, the subpoena was withdrawn and Clinton testified voluntarily in 1998.

Former prosecutors said investigators were probably feeling the pressure of time because of the election. Take action before the election, they said, and you risk being perceived as trying to influence the result. Take action after and face criticism for not letting voters know there was an issue with their preferred candidate.

“The timing is terrible whether you do it before or after,” Kopp said.

The issue of Clinton’s use of a private email server was referred to the FBI in July after the Office of the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community determined that some of the emails that traversed Clinton’s server contained classified material.

Emails that contain material now deemed classified were authored by Clinton but also by many of her top aides, including Jacob Sullivan, who was her director of policy planning and her deputy chief of staff. He is now advising Clinton’s campaign on foreign policy and is thought to be a likely candidate for national security adviser if she is elected president.

The State Department has said that, at the request of intelligence agencies, it has classified 22 Clinton emails as “top secret” and will not release those emails, even in redacted form. “Top secret” is the highest level of classification, reserved for material whose release could cause “exceptionally grave damage to the national security.”

I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general of the intelligence community, has indicated that some of the material intelligence officials have reviewed contained information that was classified at the time it was sent; the State Department has indicated that it has not analyzed whether the material should have been marked classified when it was sent, only whether it requires classification before being released now.Picture2

Rosalind S. Helderman, Julie Tate and Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.

Read more:

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Aides’ email-server testimony could throw Clinton campaign a curveball

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New Huma Abedin Emails Prove Hillary Sent/Received Classified Info On Private Server


waving flagby | Feb 9, 2016 | Politics

New Huma Abedin Emails Prove Hillary Sent/Received Classified Info On Private Server

Via a FOIA request, Judicial Watch received and released Tuesday seventy pages of emails from long time Clinton aide, Huma Abedin’s account on the Hillary Clinton non-secured email system,clintonemail.com. The emails reveal that Ms Clinton, Ms Abedin, and Jake Sullivan (Ms. Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff)  all used non-secure accounts to transfer classified information while Hillary was running the state department.

For example two March 2011 emails from British PM Tony Blair (who used the name aclb) were forwarded from Clinton to Abedin asking her to print them out. Sullivan’s non secure personal email account was  CCed on the Tony Blair mail was Jake Sullivan (to his non-secure personal account).  Ms. Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff.   Before the email was released to Judicial Watch it was redacted because it contained classified information. The codes on the top indicate that email was marked as being classified because it contained “Foreign government information” and “foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.”

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Another email shows that Clinton wanted to know how meetings in Washington, including a four-hour meeting concerning America’s war on Libya, would impact her Hampton vacation.  Responding to an email that details the sensitive meetings in DC, Clinton emails Abedin on August 26, 2011, “Ok. What time would I get back to Hamptons?”  Again, this email discussion takes place on non-state.gov email accounts. Travel of cabinet members, ambassadors, etc.  is restricted information as it puts their lives in danger.

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The documents also include addition contact/advice on Libya from long-time freind Sidney Blumenthal, who was not only banned from working at Foggy Bottom by Obama but had business interests in Libya.  Clinton wanted this Blumenthal email printed “without any identifiers,” indicating that she knew she shouldn’t be taking advice from Blumenthal and didn’t what people to know about it.

 

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“These emails show that Hillary Clinton isn’t the only Obama official who should be worried about being prosecuted for mishandling classified information.  Her former top State aides (and current campaign advisers) Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan should be in the dock, as well,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “The Obama State Department has now confirmed that Clinton, Abedin, and Sullivan used unsecured, non-government email accounts to communicate information that should now be withheld from the American people ‘in the interest of national defense or foreign policy, and properly classified.’ When can we expect the indictments?” FOR PRISON

At the very least these Huma Abedin emails prove once again that Hillary Clinton has been lying to the American people–not only did she keep and send classified information from her private server, but she knew damn well what she was doing.

There’s much more it this trove of emails which you can read below, or you can go to Judicial Watch and see their full analysis. 

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BREAKING: Obama administration says it will CENSOR some Hillary emails, because…


waving flagWritten by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor on January 29, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/01/breaking-obama-administration-says-it-will-censor-some-hillary-emails-because

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While the State Department defies a federal court order and delays the final batch of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email until AFTER the first primaries, we’re learning that some of her emails will NEVER see the light of day under any circumstances. In the words of intelligence officials, they are “too damaging” to release.

Fox News reports:

The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton’s personal server. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, there is an exemption that allows for highly sensitive, and in this case classified, material to be withheld in full — which means nothing would be released in these cases, not even heavily redacted versions, which has been standard practice with the 1,340 such emails made public so far by the State Department.

The Obama administration today confirmed this in more detail, as the AP reports:

The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some of the U.S. government’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.

“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the AP, describing the decision to withhold documents in full as “not unusual.” That means they won’t be published online with the rest of the documents, even with blacked-out boxes.

In other words, there are some emails Hillary Clinton sent or received as secretary of state from her own private server that are  so damaging and sensitive that they can never be released, even heavily redacted.

And yet we’re supposed to believe Hillary that none of the information involved was classified? I’ll borrow from Mike Huckabee who said he didn’t understand how anybody with an IQ above plant life would support Sanders’ socialist ideas. Similarly, I don’t understand how anyone with an IQ above plant life can believe Hillary’s lines about her emails — or anything else that comes out of her mouth, for that matter.

Meanwhile, as The Hill reports, the State Department today will release just 2,000 more of Hillary’s emails but will delay the final batch of about 7,000 until late February — after the critical first primaries are in the books.

In a court filing late on Thursday evening, the department insisted that it “regrets” its inability to publish the final 7,000 pages on Friday, as a federal court ordered it to do last year.

Yet it defended the delay, blaming an internal oversight and the snowstorm that crippled Washington in the past week.

As the journalist who sued the department to force the emails’ release pointed out, however, that would be after voters in the first four primary states have gone to the polls.

“[I]f the Court allows State to delay release of thousands of pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s official work emails, a substantial portion of the electorate will be forced to vote without the benefit of important information to which it is entitled about the performance of one of the candidates for U.S. President while serving as Secretary of State,” lawyers opposing the department’s schedule claimed earlier this week. 

Apparently, the “most transparent administration ever” wasn’t concerned about this tiny little issue of timing.

“Upcoming electoral events, while admittedly important to the public, do not change the fact that State needs this reasonable amount of additional time to complete the final stage of this enormous and complex undertaking,” lawyers representing the State Department wrote.

Apparently, even with the extra staff and a special person appointed to oversee the whole debacle process — the “Transparency Coordinator” our current rock star of a secretary of state appointed — the State Department can’t keep its court-appointed deadlines. BTW, does anyone remember who that “Transparency Coordinator” — aka “email czar” — is who’s overseeing the process? Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s Janice Jacobs, the one who donated the maximum amount to none other than Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before being appointed to her role in overseeing Hillary’s email scandal. But I’m sure Jacobs’ support of Hillary for president has absolutely nothing to do with her handling of the email release. Right?

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[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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How the FBI Could Force DOJ to Prosecute Hillary Clinton


waving flagBy Jim Geraghty — January 26, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430343/hillary-clinton-email-scandal-fbi-director-james-comey-resign-protest

FBI steps up interviews in Clinton email probe


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Democratic presidential candidate HillaryClinton listens to a question at town hall meeting in New Hampshire. | AP Photo

hillary-prison-or-potusEven as Hillary Clinton tries to put questions about her private email server behind her, the FBI has stepped up inquiries into the security of the former secretary of state’s home-made email system and how aides communicated over email, POLITICO has learned.

The FBI’s recent moves suggest that its inquiry could have evolved from the preliminary fact-finding stage that the agency launches when it receives a credible referral, according to former FBI and Justice Department officials interviewed by POLITICO.

“This sounds to me like it’s more than a preliminary inquiry; it sounds like a full-blown investigation,” said Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the FBI. “When you have this amount of resources going into it …. I think it’s at the investigative level.”

The FBI declined to respond to questions about the scope of its ongoing work.

But POLITICO learned that around early October, the FBI requested documents from a company involved in the server arrangement after Clinton left State. It also interviewed a former high-ranking policy official at State about the contents of top Clinton aides’ emails.

The official, who spoke to POLITICO on condition of anonymity, said the questions explored whether anyone at State was concerned about classified information being put at risk by communicating via email. The source did not know of any such concerns.

Confirmation of the interview and document requests is the first public indication that the agency is moving ahead with its inquiry – and possibly expanding it.

The former State official interviewed by the FBI, for example, had little to do with the Clinton server set-up or any approval process allowing her to use personal email for work — suggesting the FBI’s initial inquiry about the actual physical security of Clinton’s home-made server now also includes looking at the content of messages shared by staff.

Former FBI and Justice officials familiar with the investigative procedures on such matters said the agency must determine two main things: whether the use of an outside email system posed any risks to national security secrets and, if so, whether anyone was responsible for exposing classified information.

FBI Director James Comey acknowledged in October that his agency was probing the server matter generally and believed it had the resources to look into the issues, though he didn’t give specifics.

Over the summer, the Department of Justice said it received a referral from the Intelligence Community Inspector General about potentially exposed classified information on Clinton’s home-made email server. The referral, Justice said at the time, was not criminal in nature but focused on the counterintelligence law governing national security secrets.

The matter at the time was considered a “preliminary” inquiry.

Clinton’s campaign and lawyers have said they are cooperating, turning over her server and a thumb drive backup of her messages to the FBI. They’ve also said they’re encouraging everyone who worked on the server issue to do the same. Platte River Networks, the Denver-based company that housed her server since she left State in 2013, for example, has said it’s cooperating; so has Datto, another tech company that provided a cloud backup of Clinton’s messages.

But exactly who they’re talking to at the staff level has been unclear. For example: Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff at State and lawyer who helped determine which of her emails were personal and work related, wouldn’t say in a recent Washington Post interview whether she had been contacted due to confidentiality surrounding the FBI’s work.

The FBI ultimately decides whether to take a preliminary inquiry to a full-fledged investigation — and if it does so, it is under no obligation to say so publicly. The classification level of any compromised information “may be a factor in determining whether an FBI investigation is warranted,” reads an overview of FBI procedures.

In its review of Clinton’s emails, the State Department has classified more than 400 messages so far — materials that would not therefore be allowed on a homemade email system, although Clinton has said that none of them were marked classified at the time she or her staff received or sent them.

POLITICO reported on Friday that some of the original messages that triggered the referral — a couple messages the ICIG said were “top secret,” the most sensitive national security material — were no longer considered that protected.

Sources told POLITICO this week that as of a month ago, the Justice Department had not determined how to proceed with Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s top IT expert who oversaw her server but took the Fifth and refused to answer questions when subpoenaed by Congress earlier this year.

Republican lawmakers have weighed an immunity agreement for Pagliano, which would bar him from prosecution and allow him to talk about what he knew of the server: who approved it, why and the security surrounding the system.

His lawyer, reached Thursday, would not confirm whether he’s even been contacted by the FBI.

The agency has asked for documents from Tania Neild, the New York-based technology broker for millionaires, who put the Clintons in touch with Platte River Networks.

Neild confirmed the FBI request in an interview with POLITICO, saying the agency asked her to appear with written documents relating to the advice she gave to her client about negotiating with Platte River. Her company, InfoGrate, acts as a middle man between high-worth individuals and companies that oversee their personal technologies, such as emails.

Neild operates under a confidentiality agreement with all her clients. She said the nondisclosure arrangement precluded her from cooperating with the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is also investigating the server issue and reached out to her for an interview. But the FBI notice, she said, trumped her confidentiality agreement.

Her lawyer would not confirm any contact they may or may not have had with the Department of Justice or the FBI.

“What we did receive were inquiries from [the Senate Homeland Committee] that are looking into various things,” said Ron Safer, of Chicago’s Schiff Hardin. “And whether we have had communications with anybody else, I really can’t say at this point.”

Due to secrecy surrounding any FBI investigation, it is impossible to know exactly where the FBI stands. And since the issue involves the 2016 Democratic front-runner, the work is even more sensitive.

Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, said Justice is likely worried about issuing formal legal notices “because they know it will get out, and then you’re talking about a grand jury investigation.” But he said it’s “not uncommon” for companies to require subpoenas, court orders or other legal notices to cooperate to save their corporate reputation, which could otherwise be jeopardized for sharing personal information.

“I am sure there is hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth across the street at the Hoover Building because you’re going to have people saying ‘I don’t want to produce X documents. Give me a piece of paper that covers me.’ And that’s where push is going to come to shove,” Hosko said.

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