Sharyl Attkisson provides an essential guide to the FBI’s report on Hillary’s emails
The read of the day is Sharyl Attkisson’s organization and exposition of what we now know about Hillary’s email practices via the FBI reports. She has taken all that data and created a detailed timeline, as well as a list of dramatis personae. Presented in a clear, deadpan voice, it delivers what title of the piece promises: “The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of FBI Report on Hillary Clinton Email.”
The absence of bombast or bias makes the accumulation of facts all the more devastating. Consider the way she present her list of “takeaways”:
The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
The Clintons’ Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn’t examine them.
2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn’t have their SIM or SD data cards.
13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed. Therefore, the FBI couldn’t examine them.
Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn’t examine them.
After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn’t review them.
After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton’s email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server “PRN” with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn’t review it.
Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.
Even though the FBI did not have a complete record of Hillary Clinton’s emails on three unclassified personal servers, it found:
2,093 emails State Dept. currently classifies as Confidential or Secret. (State Dept. did not address what their classification was at the time they were sent.)
193 emails (81 separate email conversations) that were classified at the time they were sent, ranging from “Confidential” to “Top Secret/Special Access Program.”
68 of the 81 email chains remain classified today.
8 were Top Secret.
37 were Secret.
36 were Confidential.
7 were Special Access Program.
3 were Sensitive Compartmentalized Information.
36 were Not Releasing to Foreign Governments.
2 were Releasable Only to Five Allied Partners.
12 of the suspect email chains were not provided by Hillary’s attorneys. The FBI found them other ways.
The email chains contained classified information from 5 other agencies: CIA, DOD, FBI, NGA and NSA.
Sharyl Attkisson clearly is one of the pre-eminent journalists of our era. Precisely because of her excellence, she ruffled feathers and left CBS. Now she publishes her own findings on her own website. That demonstrates why the big media are losing their relevance. And why brave and pointed voices will not be silenced.
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Hat tip: Clarice Feldman