It appears Hillary Clinton was conducting serious and sensitive international affairs on her private email account. She also kept up confidential correspondence was with a political operative who hasn’t worked for the government in over a decade.
Experts in government transparency have debate the legality, and also the consequences of the emails. Patrice McDermott, head of Open The Government coalition, said:
“What she did was not technically illegal it was highly inappropriate and it was inappropriate for the state department to let this happen,” she said.
Some of the contents of Ms. Clinton’s emails have been revealed by an international hacker from Romania under the alias “Guccifer.” The Smoking Gun investigated details of Guccifer’s arrest in 2013 and discovered a trove of emails the convicted felon obtained when hacking American officials.
Guccifer broke into the email of Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist who left The New Yorker for a job in the Clinton Administration in 1997. He worked a special advisor to President Clinton and often ran point on operations designed to fend off attacks during the scandals that plagued Clinton’s second term.
Blumenthal has not worked for the US Government since January 2001, when the Clinton Administration ended. At the time, however, he was providing some high-level information gathering for the state department via direct communications with the Secretary herself.
Blumenthal’s correspondence appeared to contain highly classified information regarding serious international hotspots like Libya:
The memos to Clinton carried titles like “Comprehensive Intel Report on Libya,” and included all-cap warnings that, “THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE.” Blumenthal has not held a public post since leaving his White House job in January 2001.
Each memo included a note on the sources of intelligence included in the document. One typical memo referred to “Sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the leadership of the Armed Forces, and Western Intelligence, diplomatic, and security services.”
“Only she has a complete record, and the committee is now going to have to go to her and her attorneys and her email providers to ensure we have the access to everything the American people are entitled to know,” Gowdy said.
The Daily Beast investigated the Blumenthal emails in their provocatively titled article How Safe Were Hillary Clinton’s Secrets? The question reveals how potentially damaging the emails could be. According to reporter Shane Harris, Blumenthal would not respond to requests for comment.
—Courtesy of IJ Review