In contrast to opinions collected by the FBI that Hillary Clinton was a technophobe unsophisticated in the usage of computing devices, her paid speeches reveal that she was well aware of the potential issues of computer hacking and penetration and that diplomats would be “totally vulnerable” without extraordinary precautions.
Excerpts from Clinton’s speeches, which she declined to release during her primary contests against Sen. Bernie Sanders, were within more than 2,000 private emails released Friday by the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, after what the Obama administration states was a Russian breach that acquired the data.
The Clinton campaign refused to vouch for the genuineness of the leaked emails, and has proposed they may be fake, though the emails evidently were pirated during the same hacking attempt that captured emails whose release resulted in the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in July.
One of the freshly released emails consists of transcripts of numerous private remarks Clinton made in recent years about the potential issues of being a victim of hacking and the backwardness of the State Department bureaucracy in implementing new technology.
Clinton observed with consternation that America’s global rivals, specifically Russia and China, continuously wanted to penetrate the communications of U.S. diplomats while she was secretary of state.
“Every time I went to countries like China or Russia, I mean, we couldn’t take our computers, we couldn’t take our personal devices, we couldn’t take anything off the plane because they’re so good, they would penetrate them in a minute, less, a nanosecond. So we would take the batteries out, we’d leave them on the plane,” Clinton stated in Aug. 28, 2014, remarks.
The excerpts form a contrast deliberately with the figure of Clinton drawn in documents released by the FBI of its investigation into her usage of private email servers while she was secretary of state.
One of those records quotes Clinton’s senior aide, Cheryl Mills, as informing the FBI that upon becoming secretary of state in January 2009, “Clinton was not computer savvy and thus was not accustomed to using a computer, so efforts were made to try to figure out a system that would allow Clinton to operate as she did before (the State Department).” The record stated Clinton failed to even have a computer in her State Department office.
At a congressional hearing July 7 days after the FBI declared it would not search out prosecution of Clinton for sending and receiving classified email on the private system, FBI Director James Comey described Clinton as less-than-sophisticated about classification levels of federal cables that she handled on her computer.
In an transaction with Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Comey demurred when provided with a description of Clinton as sophisticated in her understanding of classified information.
“Well, I want to take one of your assumptions about sophistication. I don’t think that our investigation established she was actually particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and treatment,” Comey stated.
Comey previously had stated Clinton and those near her were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” and that the lifestyle at the State Department was “generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.”
After departing the StateDepartment, Clinton’s speech excerpts reveal that she had become very aware of digital attacks. She told guests at a Goldman Sachs event on Oct. 29, 2013, that when she traveled to China and Russia, it was common process to remove batteries from cellular phones and computers and keep the gadgets locked up on her airplane.
“We didn’t do that because we thought it would be fun to tell somebody about. We did it because we knew that we were all targets and that we would be totally vulnerable,” Clinton stated.
At another event, Clinton stated she pushed a backward bureaucracy into the modern era when it comes to utilization of modern communications.
“You know, when Colin Powell showed up as secretary of state in 2001, most State Department employees still didn’t even have computers on their desks. When I got there they were not mostly permitted to have hand-held devices. I mean, so you’re thinking how do we operate in this new environment dominated by technology, globalizing forces? We have to change, and I can’t expect people to change if I don’t try to model it and lead it,” Clinton stated Jan. 6, 2014, at an event in Boca Raton, Fla., sponsored by General Electric.
It was a theme that Clinton hit on consistently in her paid speeches.
“You know, people were not even allowed to use mobile devices because of security issues and cost issues, and we really had to try to push into the last part of the 20th century in order to get people functioning in 2009 and ‘10,” Clinton stated at the Goldman Sachs event.
The federal government “is woefully, woefully behind in all of its policies that affect the use of technology,” Clinton stated in her remarks to Nexenta in 2014.
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