(National Sentinel) Criminal Negligence: Hillary Clinton’s former top aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, forwarded government email account passwords to her private unsecured Yahoo account before it was eventually hacked by foreign powers including Russia.
As reported by The Daily Caller‘s Luke Rosiak, an analysis of Abedin’s emails released by the State Department to government watchdog Judicial Watch last week found that Abedin regularly used her personal email provider to conduct sensitive State Department work.
CNN/Money reported in October that all Yahoo email accounts had been hacked in August 2013. Yahoo was also hit by another hack in 2014 believed to be separate from the 2013 hack and thought to have affected 500 million users, the network added.
“This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches — at least one of which was perpetrated by a ‘state-sponsored actor,'” Rosiak reported.
U.S. officials later charged Russian intelligence agent Igor Sushchin with hacking the 500 million accounts, he added. The 2014 hack allowed Sushchin and his associated to gain access to accounts in subsequent years — 2015 and 2016 — by using fake cookies.
Sushchin was also employed by Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital, the institution that paid former President Bill Clinton a half-million dollars for a single speech in Moscow in June 2010, when his wife was Obama’s secretary of state.
Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at State, regularly forwarded work emails to her personal firstname.lastname@example.org address, government officials said.
“She would use these accounts if her (State) account was down or if she needed to print an email or document. Abedin further explained that it was difficult to print from the DoS system so she routinely forwarded emails to her non-DoS accounts so she could more easily print,” noted an FBI report.
She sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on Aug. 24, 2009, according to an email released by the State Department in September 2017.
The Daily Caller noted further:
Long-time Clinton confidante Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton an email in July 2009 with the subject line: “Important. Not for circulation. You only. Sid.” The email began “CONFIDENTIAL… Re: Moscow Summit.” Abedin forwarded the email to her Yahoo address, potentially making it visible to hackers.
That email was deemed by government investigators as too sensitive to release to the public under Freedom of Information Act guidelines, so it was heavily redacted before being turned over to Judicial Watch.
The released copy says “Classified by DAS/ A/GIS, DoS on 10/30/2015 Class: Confidential.” The unredacted portion reads: “I have heard authoritatively from Bill Drozdiak, who is in Berlin…. We should expect that the Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc.”
In March 2009, Clinton forwarded an email to Abedin from Denis McDonough, a foreign policy advisor to Obama’s campaign and later his chief of staff, marked “Ambassadors.” It, too, was heavily redacted before being released to Judicial Watch.
As Abedin continued to use her Yahoo account to conduct sensitive work, media reports noted how poor Yahoo’s email security was. A July 2012 CNN article reported that credentials to 450,000 Yahoo accounts had been posted online. Five days later, Rosiak reported, Abedin forwarded sensitive email to her Yahoo account.
It seems clear that the Justice Department and FBI knew that Abedin and Clinton were essentially trafficking in sensitive materials via unsecured channels, but no charges were ever filed.
Clinton said on Oct. 9, 2016, at the second presidential debate with then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump, “After a year-long investigation, there is no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using and there is no evidence that anyone can point to at all, anyone who says otherwise has no basis, that any classified materials ended up in the wrong hands. I take classified materials very seriously and always have.”
But that is not consistent with FBI findings. Abedin’s use of her private Yahoo account fits with the bureau’s assessment that her account, and those of others involved, were indeed compromised.
“We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private email accounts of individuals with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her private account,” then-FBI director Jim Comey said in 2016.
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