In October 2015, it was reported that Hillary Clinton’s private email server had come under attack from China, South Korea, and Germany. Private email servers being relatively unsecured as they are, any thoughtful person could reasonably assume that many, if not most, of the emails sent and received from the then-Secretary of State’s server had been compromised. Now, a report from the Daily Caller is advancing those assumptions a step further by claiming that a Chinese company operating in Northern Virginia was practically blind copied on each correspondence taking place on the server.
According to The Daily Caller’s senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock, who spoke with multiple former intelligence officers with knowledge of the findings, once the server was hacked, the Chinese company could access the emails in real-time, to the same effect as if they were being Bcc’d.
‘The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.’ (Daily Caller)
It’s startling to read the extent to which a foreign entity had access to what are surely some of the most sensitive emails circulating throughout government. After all, we know that upwards of 30,000 emails were sent from that server, 110 of which contained classified information, with eight of the 52 chains containing classified information deemed ‘top secret’, the highest level of classification. In all, 2,093 emails which passed through the server would have been marked “confidential” retroactively. And these are only the contents of the server that the public has been made privy to.
To think that a Chinese entity which went through the effort to hack into the American Secretary of State’s private server would have direct access to all those classified emails is unsettling. Consider that the Chinese were able to uncover a CIA spying ring circa 2010, when Clinton was serving as Secretary of State, in what was deemed as a “massive intelligence breach” resulting in the death of 18 to 20 CIA assets.
Not saying there’s a connection, but who really knows?
At least some of the information in the server was ‘top secret’, and much of it classified. That means that the American people can’t know what intel was being passed along. But, if the latest report proves true, the Chinese did know.
Something’s wrong with this picture.
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas strongly hinted at this story during Peter Strzok’s hearing in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary in July. Gohmert stated that the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) had discovered an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list.” That address, according to Gohmert, belonged to a “foreign entity” that was “unrelated to Russia”.
We now have strong reason to believe that the foreign entity was, in fact, China.
And, as uncomfortable as the dots being connected are, perhaps more concerning are reports that the highest ranks of the American bureaucracy knew that the server had been penetrated, yet did little to investigate the matter in earnest.
‘Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion…Among those FBI officials was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official.’
As referrals to investigate the classified information which leaked through the server ran uphill through the bureaucratic sludge pipe, eventually they led to Barack Obama’s deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates.
And, a true criminal investigation into the matter was launched, completed, and shared with the public…
The most reckless, untrustworthy Secretary of State in American history was cleared on all charges. But, as America is learning more about the case, that miraculous reality becomes increasingly difficult to stomach.
“Look, there’s evidence based on the complete lack of security hygiene on the server. Fourteen-year-old hackers from Canada could have probably hacked into her server and left very little trace,” London Center for Policy Research’s vice president of operations, retired Col. Anthony Shaffer. “Any sophisticated organization is going to be able to essentially get in and then clean up their presence.” (Daily Caller)
Tell me about President Trump’s treason, again.
That the public is slowly being fed greater detail about what is possibly the most explosive yet all-too-frequently dismissed scandals in the history of American politics and national defense is encouraging. But, the more details the public digests, the more dumbfounding it is to attempt to make sense of how the scandal was mishandled, and why.
Necessary questions follow: where do we go from here? How will the American public react to this report that their former Secretary of State was willingly using an unsecured server that the Chinese essentially hijacked, and that ultimately no punitive measures were taken?
They’ll react as they always do: unevenly.
Some will call for nothing shy of war against China, despite the hacking being completely predictable, considering the permanent mistrust between the nations, not to mention avoidable.
Some will dismiss the latest details as inconsequential, as a vast right-wing conspiracy even.
And some will react with complete and utter lack of surprise – of course China had access to the server. And then they will say, ‘wake me when somebody does something about it’.