Despite Hillary Clinton’s insistence that her personal e-mail account was properly secured, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn told Fox News on Monday that the account had “likely” been hacked by adversarial foreign governments.
The former Defense Intelligence Agency director said that there was a “very high” chance that Clinton’s e-mail had been breached by China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea. He added that even allied countries may have gotten in on the action, just “because they can.”
Flynn said that while in theory Clinton could have secured her account and server well-enough to deter hackers, he remained skeptical that she actually had. “I just know how our adversaries work,” he said.
Flynn also took issue with Clinton’s explanation that she used the personal e-mail address rather than an official State Department one because she found it convenient to carry just one device. “As a military officer, if I said I was doing something for convenience’s sake to the soldiers I was leading, and it was solely for my convenience instead of their welfare, I should be relieved of duty — I would expect to be fired,” he said.
“It’s one of those things, if it doesn’t feel good, it probably isn’t,” he added. “And this one doesn’t feel good to me.”
Flynn also said that someone in Clinton’s position of responsibility should have recognized the risks and consequences of conducting government business on a personal account. “If you’re using one device, as personal and professional, then nothing is personal.”
“I can sleep at night with what I was responsible to do [sic], and what I was asked to do, and how I was asked to act,” he concluded. “I just hope that when all is said and done that people like herself can do the same.”
— Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.