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Clinton's Email Was a National Security Threat

Mar. 5, 2015

When Hillary Clinton set up a private email in her New York home, she invited the full brunt of Chinese and Russian cyber intelligence upon herself. The National Security Agency – whose first duty is to actually provide cyber security – was not protecting her account as it does with government email accounts. Her email also did not have Google or Yahoo security teams protecting it from hackers. Lead technologist for the ACLU Chris Soghoian told Wired Magazine, “Although the American people didn’t know about [Hillary’s email account], it’s almost certain that foreign intelligence agencies did, just as the NSA knows which Indian and Spanish officials use Gmail and Yahoo accounts. She’s not the first official to use private email and not the last. But there are serious security issue associated with these kinds of services.” Furthermore, Clinton’s team did not set up her encryption software correctly, akin to leaving home with an unlocked screen door to keep intruders out. When asked by a reporter if those emails contained classified information, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf replied, “I don’t think it’s really a pertinent question.” More…

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