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A Pretty Damning Nugget Buried in the AP’s Clinton E-mail Story

The AP reported this morning the specifics of what classified information a sample of Hillary’s e-mails were found to contain. Perhaps just as bad, though, is the information at the bottom of the piece:

Former intelligence officials say it’s a certainty that her server was compromised by [foreign] intelligence services.

Unless they were encrypted to U.S. government standards, “In my opinion there is a 100% chance that all emails sent and received by her, including all the electronic correspondence stored on her server in her Chappaqua residence, were targeted and collected by the Russian equivalent of NSA,” said former CIA case officer Jason Matthews, an expert in Russian intelligence.

Then again, Clinton defenders point out, the State Department’s unclassified email system also has been penetrated by Russian hackers, so it’s unclear her use of home server made a difference.

The defense at the end is almost hilariously bad: We don’t yet know the degree to which Hillary’s e-mails were vacuumed up by the Russians and the Chinese, but if this expert is right that they all were, that might be a lot worse than whatever’s happened to the State Department servers. Even if the problems were equivalent, the State Department can surely at least investigate the intrusions and collections on its own servers more easily, to limit the damage. And the problem was that Hillary was using her unclassified homebrew system to communicate classified info — the security of State’s unclassified system is not terribly relevant.

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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