Retired CIA Officer Explains Why "Hillary's Emails Matter"

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Authored by Charles Faddis (a former CIA operations officer with 20 years of experience in intelligence operations), originally posted at TheHill.com,

The 2016 presidential election, already one of the wildest in American history, has been rocked by the announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Apparently while investigating disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner’s transmission of sexually explicit images to a fifteen-year-old girl, the FBI discovered more emails relevant to Hillary Clinton’s own infamous case.

At the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s personal aide, perhaps best known for her alleged family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The emails appear to have been found on a computer used by both Abedin and Weiner.

Where all this goes from here remains unclear. That said, in the interest of helping a scandal-weary electorate put these new developments in context, shall we review a few things?

I have worked in national security my entire life. Most of that has been in the intelligence community surrounded by classified information. For twenty years, I worked undercover in the Central Intelligence Agency, recruiting sources, producing intelligence and running operations. I have a pretty concrete understanding of how classified information is handled and how government communications systems work.

 

Nobody uses a private email server for official business. Period. Full stop.

 

The entire notion is, to borrow a phrase from a Clinton campaign official, “insane.” That anyone would presume to be allowed to do so is mind-boggling. That government officials allowed Hillary Clinton to do so is nauseating.

 

Classified and unclassified information do not mix. They don’t travel in the same streams through the same pipes. They move in clearly well defined channels so that never the twain shall meet. Mixing them together is unheard of and a major criminal offense.

 

If you end up with classified information in an unclassified channel, you have done something very wrong and very serious.

 

Accidentally removing a single classified message from controlled spaces, without any evidence of intent or exposure to hostile forces, can get you fired and cost you your clearance. Repeated instances will land you in prison.

 

Every hostile intelligence agency on the planet targets senior American officials for collection. The Secretary of State tops the list. Almost anything the Secretary of State had to say about her official duties, her schedule, her mood, her plans for the weekend, would be prized information to adversaries.

 

It is very difficult, in fact, to think of much of anything that the Secretary of State could be saying in email that we would want hostile forces to know.

As we wait for more information on the latest revelations, let’s quickly note what we already know Hillary Clinton did.

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email address for official business. Instead of using a State Department account, she used a personal email account, housed on a private server located in her home in Chappaqua, New York. The Department of State exercised zero control or oversight in this process. No government security personnel were involved in protecting them.

 

When the House Select Committee on Benghazi asked to see these emails, the Department of State said they did not have them. Clinton’s lawyers then went through all the emails on her server. They turned over 30,000 emails they decided were work related and deleted all of the rest.

 

How they made the decision as to which emails to share and which to destroy remains unknown. Active government officials not were involved in this process.

 

Hillary says she did not use the account to transmit classified information. This has been proven false. The FBI found over 100 messages that contained information that was classified when sent, including numerous email chains at the level of Top Secret/Special Access Programs. They don’t get any more highly classified, it’s the virtual summit of Mt. Everest. One theme pertained to the movement of North Korean nuclear assets obtained via satellite imagery. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is extremely sensitive information.

 

The FBI found another 2,000 messages containing information that should have been classified at the time it was sent. How much more classified information may have been in the tens of thousands of emails, which Clinton’s lawyers erased, is completely unknown.

Hillary Clinton supporters like to ask rhetorically, “Well, what about Colin Powell?” Nice try, but using your own private email address which received 2 emails determined to be classified later, is nothing like deliberately operating a home brewed server, and then see it handle thousands of classified e-mails.

It’s like asking, "what about the guy who received a stolen apple?" while equating his actions to those of bank robbers who stole $10 million.

What happens next we do not know. What we do know already is this. While serving in one of the most senior positions in the United States Government, Hillary Clinton was at a minimum, grossly negligent in the handling of classified information and when confronted with this practice, acted immediately to destroy information and prevent a full, fair and complete investigation of any damage to national security.

Anyone else who did such things in the government would long ago have been tried, convicted and sent to jail. 

You decide if you want to send her to the White House instead.

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38BWD22's picture

 

 

Anyone else notice that HRC is not getting any prettier?

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And where is Huma?  Did she miss the plane?

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And like the ex-operative, had I done such sleazy things re CLASSIFIED info, I would only now be getting out of jail...

 

Looney's picture

 

The ex-spook lost me at  “at the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin”…

Huma is STILL married to that schmuck, they are not even legally separated. They are, allegedly, estranged.

The reason is simple – they wanna keep “the pillow talk” between Huma and Weiner away from the public.

Looney

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Looney Oct 30, 2016 5:15 PM

Jail to the chief

JohninMK's picture

That is a fantastic photo, the expression captured says it all.

The arrogance writ large.

The kind of death stare you rarely see, let alone record.

Antifaschistische's picture

why doesn't the FBI and friends start arresting every OTHER individual involved in illegal activity and the subsequent coverups.  INCLUDING her lawyers who deleted emails.   Let's see how loyal they are to Hillary at that point.

drendebe10's picture

Y the fuk did the spineless feebies give so many of the lying cheating criminal cunts underlings a free pass?  WTF???

eatthebanksters's picture

So now criminals have choice...getconvicted an go to jail or get elected and live in the White House.  Fucking unbelievable.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Be nice to see CIA emails regarding the shipment of weapons to Al Qaeda from Libya via Turkey (and probably Israel).

The Saint's picture

Huma isn't with Hillary because she has been in the doghouse with her weiner since Friday.

 

jcaz's picture

Fuck.

Yank her security clearance TONIGHT, Comey- NOW;  Bill's too.

What the FUCK.

JRobby's picture

Would have been nice if somthing definitive like this came out a year ago. But its common sense.

Muppet's picture

Emails reside on email servers, not on peoples own computer and a laptop would not hold 650k.  Somethings very fishy about this.   Maybe someone planted stuff or more likely the reporting is crap.

lala189's picture

Or the NSA had them all along and the FBI can't acknowledge that...

 

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/kim-dotcom-reveals-that-nsa-has-acces...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Emails reside on email servers, not on peoples own computer and a laptop would not hold 650k.

Sorry, but your understanding is inadequate on both counts.

Muppet's picture

Really?   Huma reportedly used Yahoo.   When would Yahoo download emails locally?  

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Really?   Huma reportedly used Yahoo.   When would Yahoo download emails locally?

Huma also used the following non-yahoo accounts:

ha16@hillaryclinton.com

Huma@clintonemail.com

huma@hrcoffice.com

Just because your use of email doesn't store a local copy doesn't mean that everyone has their email configured that way. If your email client is configured to retrieve email via IMAP, the mail remains on the server. If it is configured to retrieve email via POP3, it copies the email messages to your local machine and, again depending on client configuration, may or may not delete the messages from the server.

And yes, storing 650,000 email messages on a laptop is nothing extraordinary.

Misean's picture

So, yahoo offers pop and imap support. Most busy people like the Weiners like to use a mail app like Outlook so they can organize their mail and search through it. The tech hired to configure this stuff for the would likely set it up that way. Further even if accessed via web browser, local caches of emails and email lists in the web browsers cache directtory, which can provide quite a lot of inormation regarding emails, as well as entire emails themselves.

StychoKiller's picture

You Sir/Madam, are an ignoramus re: email storage.  FYI:

1. An email account on your PC CAN store emails if you set it up that way.

2. A 1 GB hard disk could hold around 100,000 emails at 10,000 bytes each --

good luck finding a hard disk that has less than 200GB capacity these days.

I'm giving you the benefit of a doubt here, that you're not just another Decepticrat Troll.

Misean's picture

"Emails reside on email servers"

BZZZT! I'm sorry but that is incorrect. A pop3 account downloads all email to client app. IMAP leaves mail on the server and caches local according to clent app polices. As to MAPI accounts (Exchange), it depends on the version and setings. I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest the probabilty of Humis and The Weiner have multiple Exchange accounts on their home computers is vanishlngly small.

"peoples own computer and a laptop would not hold 650k"

Piffle. (edit, brain rot)Lappy's been sporting 750GB + hdd's for some time, and PC's have been sporting at least 1TB for a while as well. I'm gonna go out on another limb and suggest that the two have sufficient LOOT that they don't bargain hunt for computers. They buy a top line model, have it installed by a private consulting firm, and start using it.

lala189's picture

Yeah.  According to Hillary, she was using a private server that they had installed for WJC, when he was president.  So presumably, he was doing the same thing.  Wonder how many of his emails the Chinese have.

August's picture

Let's hope they at least her host Bill for conjugal visits.

Cynicles's picture

Absolutely. Øbama should have been sent to prison long ago. 

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Well, he didn't lose me on that minor glitch, but you make a good point.

As Bill and Hitlery's marriage was a business alliance and Hitlery squirted out Web Hubbell's brat because it looks better politically to be a "parent," so The Dangers will remain married out of political convenience (not having to testify against a spouse, though BS, they'll use it for sympathy when they plead the 5th).

BennyBoy's picture

 

...Why "Hillary's Emails Matter"

It doesn't take some dumass CIA hack telling us why her emails matter!

looseal's picture

True. But this concise explanation allows me to forward to brain dead Hitlery supporters.  Yes, I am banging my head against a brick wall, but I've got to try. 

StychoKiller's picture

Good luck getting those 'pigs' to sing! :>D

gregga777's picture

It didn't work out very well for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. They were executed for spying.

drendebe10's picture

Gr8 Pay per View event of the execution of the lying charing corrup criminal cunt.  Fatfukn chancejt will ever happen.  Too bad.

Kidbuck's picture

Your first and second sentences are not mutually exclusive.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Looney Oct 30, 2016 9:57 PM

I think both of them are spies.

Jews don't feel American anyway.

Remember the Obama Christmas tree at the WH had a Mao ornament?

How about his press spokesman who had all that Soviet propaganda posters in his kitchen?

All of them hate America.

As one black woman Trump voter said "He loves America and that is what we need now"

Looney's picture

Oops! Twitchy middle-finger...   ;-)

Looney 

y3maxx's picture

--Jeeeeeeesssssssuuuuuuusssssss  H Kryste

No wonder Putin knew Obama's every move.

How dumb is Hitlary.

rhetorical

Answer...

On a scale of 0 -  10....she's a zero.

Zarbo's picture

Dunning-Kruger effect.  Google it.

makinbacon's picture

 ......that just made me sad...

mkhs's picture

Idiot!  Stop feeding the beast.  Duckduckgo it.

mkhs's picture

Damn Russian, Chinese, Latvian, Ukrainian hackers did this.  I swear, it wasn't me.

gregga777's picture

Putin still know Bomber Obama every move. Hillary's private devices infected USA .gov with so much malware it will decades to find it all.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) y3maxx Oct 30, 2016 9:58 PM

And these clowns can go up against the Russians who master the game...lol

Doña K's picture

She got on a bus to nowhere. I mean under the bus!

Malvern Joe's picture

Witness Protection Program

BabaLooey's picture

Concisely put.

Well done Mr. Faddis.

Trump staff? Are you reading this?

Mr. Faddis' words here can be packaged into a series of campaign ads that would smack these "Trump's un-trustworthy" horse shit Canks ads right in the pussy.

Clinton? You belong in prison

 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

SEND HER TO THE BIG HOUSE!

Supafly's picture

Hillary and Huma, sitting in a cell,

Huma says, "Damn, why's your pussy smell?"

Hillary leans forward, takes a whiff and says, "Jeez."

"Haven't you ever had a taco with cheese?"

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Do they make a version of BleachBit for the brain?  I need some stat!


gregga777's picture

Yeah, it's called electroshock therapy by the witch doctors, I mean, the medical profession.

Boris Badenov's picture

Stories like this one should be posted somewhere that Hillary's suporters will read.