Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails contained “top secret” material, the government’s top spy watchdog said Tuesday, revealing that the messages were even more sensitive than previously disclosed.
- Hillary Clinton Now Under Criminal Investigation by FBI and Department of Justice
- FBI believes it can recover deleted data off Clinton’s server (washingtonexaminer.com)
Mrs. Clinton initially said she never trafficked in classified information from her email account.
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.” – Hillary Clinton’s public comments back in March, 2015 (Source: New York Times: Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account)
So in today’s news — the grass is green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining in Colorado, and the pantsuit revolutionary was caught in another lie. (Source)
Hillary’s Indictable Offenses
Privately gathering thousands of America’s top secret documents is clearly an indictable offense. Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, points out: “If Hillary Clinton were any other public figure, she’d face indictment. (Source)” For example:
- Recently “a Naval engineer was convicted and sentenced for mishandling classified military materials” despite no “evidence he intended to distribute them.”
- Another Naval officer was convicted of mishandling classified information also in the absence of any intent to distribute it.
- NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, faced years in prison, and ultimately had his career destroyed, based on the Obama DOJ’s claims that he “mishandled” classified information (it included information that was not formally classified at the time but was retroactively decreed to be such).
While the FBI and Department of Justice willfully ignored Hillary Clinton’s outrageous conduct, they didn’t hesitate a minute to investigate and prosecute former CIA Director and national hero, General Petraeus. He was just tarred, feathered and ridden out of the CIA on a rail for sharing some information (his own notebook) with his biographer who was both in the military and had a top secret clearance. Yet, unlike Hillary Clinton, Petraeus did not have a secret server set up to house his classified and top secret information or digital satellite imagery; he destroyed nothing; and, there was no “leak.”
Why Did Hillary Lie About Her Emails?
We know now, from an FBI investigation, that Hillary’s emails implicated her in the needless deaths of four Americans at Benghazi.
Obama and then-Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton allowed a Muslim terror attack against the US Consulate in Libya to occur unchallenged, while they watched it for 7 hours, in real-time, as it happened, on White House satellite feeds. (Source: CNN)
Hillary says, “It’s not my fault . . . “
but then . . .
and . . .
but, despite her sworn testimony, . . .
which showed how . . .
in other words . . .
Hillary’s response to having been caught lying . . .
Hillary: “What Difference Does It Make?“???
Hillary Killed My Son: Sean Smith’s mother explains what difference it makes that her son was among the 4 American diplomats murdered at Benghazi because President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, denied permission for reinforcements to rescue them or help.
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In short: Information at the “TOP SECRET//SI//TK//NOFORN” level is considered exceptionally highly classified and must be handled with great care under penalty of serious consequences for mishandling. Every person who is cleared and “read on” for access to such information signs reams of paperwork and receives detailed training about how it is to be handled, no exceptions—and what the consequences will be if the rules are not followed.
People found to have willfully mishandled such highly classified information often face severe punishment. Termination of employment, hefty fines, even imprisonment can result.
In the real world, people with high-level clearances are severely punished for willfully violating such rules. At a minimum, those suspected of mishandling things like NSA “signals intelligence”—intercepts calls, emails, and the like—have their clearances suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into their misconduct. Any personal items—computers, electronics—where federal investigators suspect the classified material wound up, wrongly, will be impounded and searched. If it has TOP SECRET//SI information on it, “your” computer now belongs to the government, because it is considered classified.
People found to have willfully mishandled such highly classified information often face severe punishment. Termination of employment, hefty fines, even imprisonment can result. Yes, people really do go to jail for mishandling classified materials. Matthew Aid, a writer on intelligence matters, served more than a year in prison for mishandling TOP SECRET//SI information from the NSA, for example. The well-connected tend to avoid jail, however. Sandy Berger and John Deutsch—who both served in high-level positions under President Bill Clinton, did not go to prison for mishandling TOP SECRET intelligence (though Berger got probation and was fined $50,000).
What, then, does all this mean for Hillary Clinton?
There is no doubt that she, or someone on her State Department staff, violated federal law by putting TOP SECRET//SI information on an unclassified system. That it was Hillary’s private, offsite server makes the case even worse from a security viewpoint. Claims that they “didn’t know” such information was highly classified do not hold water and are irrelevant. It strains belief that anybody with clearances didn’t recognize that NSA information, which is loaded with classification markings, was signals intelligence, or SIGINT. It’s possible that the classified information found in Clinton’s email trove wasn’t marked as such. But if that classification notice was omitted, it wasn’t the U.S. intelligence community that took such markings away. Moreover, anybody holding security clearances has already assumed the responsibility for handling it properly.
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton had no authority to disseminate intelligence-community information on her own, neither could she make it less highly classified (a process termed “downgrading” in the spy trade) without asking permission first.
It is a very big deal and less-connected people who do this sort of thing ruin their lives, as any IC counterintelligence official can attest. During my NSA time, I saw junior personnel terminated for relatively minor infractions of security regulations. While the U.S. government unquestionably does over-classify items on the policy side, where almost everything in the Defense and State Departments gets some sort of classification stamp, not usually at a high level, intelligence reporting by its very nature is classified. If you don’t want the responsibility of a high-level government position, which inevitably brings with it TOP SECRET//SI access, then don’t accept that burden.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate. Exactly how many emails contained TOP SECRET//SI information is unclear. We may never know since thousands of emails were already destroyed by Clinton. Who exactly placed the classified information in emails—it may not have been Hillary Clinton—and how did they access the information in the first place? How many of her staffers at Foggy Bottom were also using her personal server?
Underlying all this is the question of why Hillary Clinton decided to employ her own private email and server to handle so much of her official State Department business. This is, to say the least, highly irregular—not to mention a violation of numerous U.S. government rules and regulations—so there had to be a compelling reason to do this. What was it?
The Clinton campaign was concerned enough about the issue to send out an email blast Wednesday afternoon with the subject line: “A note about Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
“You might hear some news over the next few days about Hillary Clinton’s emails,” began the email from Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary for America.
“Because you are an important part of this team, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk through the facts—we need your help to make sure they get out there. There’s a lot of misinformation, so bear with us; the truth matters on this.”
Underneath the greeting were several bolded bullet points, including, “Hillary didn’t send any classified materials over email.” There was also a link to a longer, 4,000+ word explanation of why Clinton used a private email address and server in her official capacity as secretary of state.
The FBI is now on the case and one hopes they will exercise due diligence in their investigation of what may be a serious leak of classified information, made worse by the fact that Clinton’s personal server was wholly unencrypted for three months, leaving it wide open to exploitation by foreign intelligence services.
The number of spy services interested in the communications of the U.S. secretary of state numbers more than a hundred. Given their technical proficiency, it’s naïve to assume that the Russians and Chinese aren’t among them—a fact that John Kerry, the current secretary, recently admitted.
It’s safe to assume, then, that Moscow and Beijing know what Hillary’s “private” emails as Secretary of State contained. Let’s hope that the American public will someday as well.
Reconstructing Hillary’s Deleted Files (Source)
They know the exact number of deletes Hillary did, because her “professional” was not so pro. How do they know? EASY: On the inside edge of any hard drive platter, there is a table which contains the location information for every file on the disk. When a delete is done, the table entries are flagged as deleted, (but the files are still on the disk, they are simply marked as writable space). Fine, her “pro” wrote and re-wrote that writable space, to do a hard erase, but the entries in the file table were still there, marked as writable space.
Normally you can’t re-access these to see what the filenames were, unless . . . . . well, American intelligence has (and even I have) software that will simply command a hard drive to do a direct linear read of what is on it, and by doing this, they were able to dump the entire table to a readable file. They then sat down and read it line by line, deleted entries and all. And they found over 17,000 entries that had not been over written in this table. These entries did not contain the actual file they referred to, they only proved it existed, and when the files were wiped. This is how they knew, DAY ONE, AS I REPORTED HERE WITHOUT MINCING WORDS DAY ONE (almost a week ago now) that Hillary had THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of classified documents in her mail box.
Phase 2 in the Hillary bust – the death part.
Ok, so her “pro” wiped the files by writing over them with an application such as Norton clean sweep. Great. BUT, that only works against hacker joe. The NSA and any other respectable intelligence agency can still get a good idea of what was there before the wipe. This cannot be done if the platters are left in the original hard drive. This is how this next step (the death part) was done:
They took the platters out of the hard drive and loaded them into a special drive with special heads that are far more sensitive than any commercially produced hard drive has. They then looked for the sub modulations beneath the bits the wiping software put there, and were able to assemble enough from the remaining stray magnetic information to prove that the deleted files were in fact classified documents with all the details. As of this writing, 330 are confirmed, 17,000 more to go!~
Phase 3 in the Hillary bust: Staff screwups
Initially, when I “stumbled across” the insider information, all the intelligence agencies did was run the not deleted mails from a copy of her hard drive through a text string checker (they made a copy first and then read the copy, to help preserve the written over sub-bits in the original) and just from what Hillary presented straight up, they were able to use the copy (which contains no sub bits) to match text strings with classified documents that did not show up in what she presented as the “whole thing” and from that alone they totally busted her. Her staff was able to wipe all the stuff marked classified, but it was not able to find everything that was copied from classified documents and talked about. What you are hearing about coming out now is the proven classified documents they managed to extract from the written over portion of the original hard drive loaded into the forensic chassis, not what they knew straight up on day one
From the initial bust they knew on day one, just from text string checking – the step that did not even require a deep dredging of wiped data, they were able to conclude that Hillary had many many moles inside the NSA, who gave her the encryption keys for the NSA’s own satellites, and they beamed her whatever she wanted on request. Now proven to be over 17,000 documents in all. That most likely equals somewhere between 100,000 to a million pages of classified documents, all at the highest possible level. How many classified documents per day does that equal? Enough to solidly prove that Hillary was far into the business of peddling classified data, and peg her as the #1 (known about) espionage agent in American history.
I do not consent to government officials and representatives who break the law, who lie about their actions, or who ignore their sworn duty.
- Krauthammer: Hillary’s Untrustworthiness Is ‘the Problem She Cannot Escape’
- Hillary Clinton Signs Court Statement Declaring She’s Turned Over All Her Emails
- Trump calls Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail use “criminal”. So, where does that leave the “theory” that Trump was planted to disrupt the Republican race, and get Hillary to the White House? More likely this was blatant disinfo from Jeb Bush who is terrified Trump might steal his “birthright”.