New emails not turned over to State Department make Clinton a liar...again

Judicial Watch announced that they have been able to acquire new emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clintion failed to turn over to the State Department that detail her battle with the NSA over obtaining secure BlackBerries for herself and top staff.

Clinton had sworn under oath that all work-related emails had been turned over to the State Department.  She also has claimed she didn't use her unsecured server to send emails until March 2009.

But the documents obtained by Judicial Watch are from February of that year.

The new documents include another February 13, 2009, email, written after the Mills-Clinton exchange, that shows that State and NSA security officials were shocked and surprised by Clinton’s Blackberry demands.

For instance, responding to details of the Clinton Blackberry requirements, an unnamed NSA employee simply writes “Amazing…” in a February, 13, 2009, email to Patrick Donovan, then-Director, Diplomatic Security Service and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Greg Starr, then-Director of the Diplomatic Security Service.  (The documents have many redactions under Exemption 7(c), which is for “information compiled for law enforcement purposes that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”)

The new emails show that despite prior concerns about security and cost, the NSA and State Department officials came up with a plan to modify six Blackberry devices for Clinton and her staff.  A February 20, 2009 State Department email states:

Pat Donovan [head of Bureau of Diplomatic Security] tasked us with a memo that he wanted by today and that we finished last night and that it outlines the vulnerabilities and risks of BB use inside and outside a SCIF (because they’re essentially the same) and concludes with our collaboration with NSA to seek an acceptable solution for their desired BB use.

Despite this warning about using Blackberry “outside a SCIF,” Mrs. Clinton and her staff continued to use unsecured Blackberrys.  The documents suggest a continued push for secure Blackberrys in late March 2009 but the documents are heavily redacted.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.  In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.”  This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement.

This is fairly damning evidence that Clinton and her aides ignored the warnings of I.T. security professionals and used the unsecured server for email anyway. 

A statement by Judicial Watch president Tom Filton:

So now we know that, contrary to her statement under oath suggesting otherwise, Hillary Clinton did not turn over all her government emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “We also know why Hillary Clinton falsely suggests she didn’t use clintonemail.com account prior to March, 18, 2009 – because she didn’t want Americans to know about her February 13, 2009, email that shows that she knew her Blackberry and email use was not secure.

It's possible that FBI investigators were not aware of these new emails, which puts a damning spin on Clinton's use of her private server.  I.T. security professionals in government were telling her of the dangers in using unsecured BlackBerries, but she arrogantly ignored those warnings and put potentially classified information at risk anyway.

If the FBI were looking to discover Clinton's state of mind, they may have hit the jackpot.

Judicial Watch announced that they have been able to acquire new emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clintion failed to turn over to the State Department that detail her battle with the NSA over obtaining secure BlackBerries for herself and top staff.

Clinton had sworn under oath that all work-related emails had been turned over to the State Department.  She also has claimed she didn't use her unsecured server to send emails until March 2009.

But the documents obtained by Judicial Watch are from February of that year.

The new documents include another February 13, 2009, email, written after the Mills-Clinton exchange, that shows that State and NSA security officials were shocked and surprised by Clinton’s Blackberry demands.

For instance, responding to details of the Clinton Blackberry requirements, an unnamed NSA employee simply writes “Amazing…” in a February, 13, 2009, email to Patrick Donovan, then-Director, Diplomatic Security Service and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Greg Starr, then-Director of the Diplomatic Security Service.  (The documents have many redactions under Exemption 7(c), which is for “information compiled for law enforcement purposes that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”)

The new emails show that despite prior concerns about security and cost, the NSA and State Department officials came up with a plan to modify six Blackberry devices for Clinton and her staff.  A February 20, 2009 State Department email states:

Pat Donovan [head of Bureau of Diplomatic Security] tasked us with a memo that he wanted by today and that we finished last night and that it outlines the vulnerabilities and risks of BB use inside and outside a SCIF (because they’re essentially the same) and concludes with our collaboration with NSA to seek an acceptable solution for their desired BB use.

Despite this warning about using Blackberry “outside a SCIF,” Mrs. Clinton and her staff continued to use unsecured Blackberrys.  The documents suggest a continued push for secure Blackberrys in late March 2009 but the documents are heavily redacted.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.  In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.”  This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement.

This is fairly damning evidence that Clinton and her aides ignored the warnings of I.T. security professionals and used the unsecured server for email anyway. 

A statement by Judicial Watch president Tom Filton:

So now we know that, contrary to her statement under oath suggesting otherwise, Hillary Clinton did not turn over all her government emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “We also know why Hillary Clinton falsely suggests she didn’t use clintonemail.com account prior to March, 18, 2009 – because she didn’t want Americans to know about her February 13, 2009, email that shows that she knew her Blackberry and email use was not secure.

It's possible that FBI investigators were not aware of these new emails, which puts a damning spin on Clinton's use of her private server.  I.T. security professionals in government were telling her of the dangers in using unsecured BlackBerries, but she arrogantly ignored those warnings and put potentially classified information at risk anyway.

If the FBI were looking to discover Clinton's state of mind, they may have hit the jackpot.