Spillage: Up to 30 accounts on Hillary server interacted with top-secret data

posted at 5:21 pm on February 10, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Pssst — can you keep a secret? Neither can Hillary Clinton … or her staff. According to an exclusive report from Fox News reporters Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, the 29 e-mails considered too damaging to release even in redacted form went through at least a dozen different e-mail accounts on Hillary’s secret server and at the State Department:

At least a dozen email accounts handled the “top secret” intelligence that was found on Hillary Clinton’s server and recently deemed too damaging for national security to release, a U.S. government official close to the review told Fox News.

The official said the accounts include not only Clinton’s but those of top aides – including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines – as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and others.

A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server.

Just as a reminder, the New York Times corroborated Fox’s earlier reporting on the nature of those e-mails — including human intelligence sources, although the Times characterizes the identification of those sources as “oblique.” One came from Richard Holbrooke, who quarterbacked the diplomatic efforts needed to keep the drone program going in Pakistan:

Several officials said that at least one of the emails contained oblique references to C.I.A. operatives. One of the messages has been given a designation of “HCS-O” — indicating that the information was derived from human intelligence sources — a detail that was first reported by Fox News. The officials said that none of the emails mention specific names of C.I.A. officers or the spy agency’s sources.

The government officials said that discussions in an email thread about a New York Times article — the officials did not say which article — contained sensitive information about the intelligence surrounding the C.I.A.’s drone activities, particularly in Pakistan.

The officials said that at least one of the 22 emails came from Richard C. Holbrooke, who as the administration’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan would have been intimately involved in dealing with the ramifications of drone strikes. Mr. Holbrooke died in December 2010.

The inclusion of Patrick Kennedy is especially interesting. Kennedy was in charge of security decisions at State during the months leading up to the Benghazi attack, ultimately bypassing security requirements for the consulate and denying requests for more resources. Kennedy should have understood the nature of the information passing through as many as 30 different e-mail accounts and taken steps to secure the data. This once again raises the point that Hillary’s e-mail server could hardly have been that secret. And it clearly wasn’t.

This demonstrates why classified information has to be protected at all times, and spillage promptly reported and remedied. Any information that would significantly damage national security has more potential to do so the longer it remains exposed. Thanks to Hillary’s attempts to hide her communications from legitimate oversight functions in Congress and the courts, this spillage went far, wide, and deep in time. The damage will likely be incalculable.


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Schadenfreude on February 10, 2016 at 10:34 PM

arnold ziffel on February 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Well, that’s all I could think of off the top of my head. With all those scandals public knowledge, I shudder to think of all of the illegal activities she participated in that are being kept under wraps.

But, alas, you can have an admitted hard drug user who cavorted with known domestic terrorists, and whose mentor was a communist, and who has kept all of his college records sealed, and who worshiped with an avid anti-American preacher, and who successfully got sealed divorce records of an opponent un-sealed, and who had zero accomplishments as a state senator and a US senator, be elected President, not once, but twice.

GAlpha10 on February 10, 2016 at 10:43 PM

But, alas, you can have an admitted hard drug user who cavorted with known domestic terrorists, and whose mentor was a communist, and who has kept all of his college records sealed, and who worshiped with an avid anti-American preacher, and who successfully got sealed divorce records of an opponent un-sealed, and who had zero accomplishments as a state senator and a US senator, be elected President, not once, but twice.

GAlpha10 on February 10, 2016 at 10:43 PM

I’m not too quick on the uptake but are we pretty much fukked?

arnold ziffel on February 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM

So my assumption was right, you are not going to acknowledge how today’s post completely negates your argument yesterday.
Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 6:41 PM

You said the FBI was investigating the server Clinton used.

Since you work in “computer security,” maybe you are unaware law enforcement always goes after the smallest fish in the pond. /s

Teach me how to Bucky on February 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

arnold ziffel on February 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM

And not only does she have an entire cemetery full of skeletons in her closet, she’s a horrible retail candidate. She tries to invoke regional dialects, but every time she tries, she flops. Her speaking style on the stump is either a boring monotone, with off-key inflections, or she screams. She has no positive accomplishments as First Lady (although I use the term “Lady” with some reluctance), US Senator, or Secretary of State. Her most noteworthy quotes are fodder for SNL (“I ain’t no ways tarred”, “I remember landing under sniper fire”, “What difference at this point does it make”, “We are the president”, “Don’t you someday want to see a woman president”). This woman (and I use that term loosely) is almost as bad a walking gaffe machine as Crazy Uncle Joe Biden.

GAlpha10 on February 10, 2016 at 10:57 PM

arnold ziffel on February 10, 2016 at 10:49 PM

I don’t think so. Too many people know that HRC is a vile, evil, liar and will never vote for her.

Regardless who is the GOP candidate (probably either Cruz or Trump), they will humiliate her in the presidential debates. They will land heavy body blows bringing up her illegal, unsecure, private email server, her serial lying, her corruption as Secretary of State, etc. Sure, she’s laugh them off. But debate watchers will see her has she is: asleep when the 3 AM phone call came in. She’ll pander to the left, claim Cruz or Trump are sexist (to me it is sexist to imply someone should vote for someone since they are alleged to be female, just as it is racist to say you should vote for BHO because he was half black), and accuse the GOP candidate that they want to take away everyone’s rights and throw grandma off the cliff. But it won’t work.

GAlpha10 on February 10, 2016 at 11:06 PM

There was a recent article quoting Drudge himself, saying Hillary has serious health issues, and Trump alluded to her tired behavior, indicating that he will likely revisit this theme. Drudge was saying her hypothyroid drugs had some debilitating side effects, plus she had the serious concussion, long absences from view and the Fresnel glasses, plus the huma emails saying she gets confused. And Bill is failing too.

She is running for her life. The presidency, she thinks, will protect her from prosecution, but in the end, in the interests of the country she should probably be pardoned due to her mounting health issues, leaving Bernie to be the Democrat “well, we tried” candidate. This election is such a bust for Democrats.

virgo on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Each time I read the newest findings, I get sicker and sicker. Each recipient increased the probability that the Russians or the Chinese would get a copy.

It’s now P~=1.00 that they do have this stuff. If some lone Eastern European hacker was able to get into Sydney Blumenthal’s client, I’d probably not lose the bet if I wagered a state-sponsored organization armed with any number of zero-days could get into both it and Clinton’s server.

We’ll never know what kinds of worms and viruses were on Hillary’s little outpost on the Internet, but I’m betting that server has provided plenty of data to cybersecurity folk.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 12:06 AM

This election is such a bust for Democrats.

virgo on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Don’t be so sure. Bernie might well win the “I’m not a Republican” vote, coupled with crossover from libertarians who have been convinced that he’s a libertarian too.

Couple that with a third party candidacy by Trump if he fails to win the Republican nomination, and anything goes.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 12:10 AM

She’s responsible for what other people do? Neat argument that, since it lets you blame literally every action in history on her.

No, I don’t think the masses will buy your argument either.

Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Yes, she is responsible for what other people do. If she provides them credentials to access her server, and they do, and she provides classified material on that server, and they download it, she’s responsible for the spillage.

You do know what spillage is, right? If you do it, and someone who shouldn’t have access to it gets it, it’s not their fault — it’s your fault. Hillary controlled completely and utterly her mail server, and we already have a smoking gun e-mail indicating that she knew classified material was transiting her server and she did not report it.

If anyone else were to do what Hillary did, they’d have the book thrown at them. Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden come quickly to mind as fellow travelers – people who for seemingly altruistic reasons did things which compromised the security of our nation.

I would never trust a person who so cavalierly treated classified data as Hillary did — and who claims as an excuse that the Government “over-classifies” stuff — with anything sensitive at all. She’s already shown she cannot be trusted, and so here we are, with that thought in mind.

As for her being the heir presumptive, it looks like a very large number of women have decided that Hillary’s attempt to assume the mantle of feminism falters on a reef of putative bimbos.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 AM

If there’s any justice in this country, Hill and her whole cohort will be spending serious time in the pen.

jdpaz on February 10, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Only in the land of Photoshop. Have fun storming the big house, ladies. You too, Bill. Ya scumbag.

justltl on February 11, 2016 at 12:48 AM

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 AM

I always enjoy, and totally agree with, your posts regarding this subject.

The troll will never admit that Der Hildebeast has done anything wrong, ever.

My theory is that she has too much dirt on those with the authority to indict her. If she burns, everyone else will burn with her.

I think Mills and Sullivan will take the rap. They will get light or suspended sentences, like Patraeus did, and that will be that.

I hope I’m wrong, I would love to see a Hillary perp walk, but I’m not holding my breath….

wytshus on February 11, 2016 at 1:29 AM

In a non Obama, sane world, each and everyone of those 30 accounts involved with
Hillary’s unauthorized server would be thoroughly investigated, the account holders indicted, perp walked,
prosecuted, and jailed

One can only hope this will soon happen

It would go a long way toward restoring some of the lost faith in our governments legal system

BigSven on February 11, 2016 at 3:02 AM

Hillary could not have done less damage if she had simply posted top secret information on Wikipedia.

Picaro on February 11, 2016 at 3:57 AM

And what happens to Cankles??

What punishment??

Hey, BTW don’t forget to register your toy drone.

In fact you are probably breaking some law unknowingly and might get punished.

Banana Republic courtesy of Obama?!

You bet!

Sherman1864 on February 11, 2016 at 4:28 AM

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 AM

You are correct AND the witch directed their behavior. She is responsible.

dogsoldier on February 11, 2016 at 6:15 AM

The question must be asked repeatedly, particularly of Democrats: Why is this woman considered a candidate for President?

grumpyank on February 11, 2016 at 6:33 AM

I am always astounded by willingness of a paid useful idiot like Tlaloc to do their masters bidding.

Troll, answer a couple simple questions:

Why did she need her own email server for reasons other than to hide her communications?

Was that email most likely more or less secure than the government email servers?

Which system was more likely to be compromised?

Which system would it be more likely that information could be shared with people not authorized to view it?

Do you think it was okay for her to have had classified material on her private server?

The circumstances here speak for themselves. There is no way you can say she did not do the wrong thing. Even if they do not pursue an indictment it doesn’t mean she is innocent of all wrong doing. It just means once again “we the people” are crapped on by the elites useful idiots like you blindly support and empower.

Have enough self respect to demand she be held accountable. That is unless like most useful idiots you are depended on your leftist masters in the government for survival and can’t dare risk biting the handouts that feed you.

ConservativeMe on February 11, 2016 at 7:05 AM

The alleged “smartest woman on the planet” set up her own server to cover her own malfeasance and ended up giving away the store (of data). Because of her own greed at the bottom of all.

Obama’s probably got her pardon ready, just waiting to sign it sometime before Jan 20.

She, and many of those others who she communicated with, need to be arrested and tried. If they sent classified email to her…they are complicit. If they received it and didn’t report it…they are complicit.

Time for ObamaBots such as Lynch to actually uphold their oaths rather than ignore them.

And people wonder why Trump & Cruz are doing so well? Yeesh. Elect Trump President. Put Cruz on the Supreme Court after a stint as Attorney General.

The change in the country would be Yuge.

ProfShadow on February 11, 2016 at 7:10 AM

She’s responsible for what other people do? Neat argument that

Kenny Bania on February 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Not “argument”.

“Fact”.

wiki is your friend:

Secretary of State: Organizes and supervises the entire United States Department of State and the United States Foreign Service.

In other words, she supervised 84,000 people, and her job responsibilities included that supervision. Obviously there’s no way any one person can supervise 84,000 people, but that’s irrelevant. Her job description states that.

And the official State Department Website confirms that.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/

Just how much is your Mom paying you to post this drivel, Chelsea?

Obviously it’s not nearly enough!

F-#49.

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM

virgo on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Agreed on the health issues.

Here’s how I think it will go down. The FBI will notify her that they are going to make a recommendation to the DOJ that she be indicted for a variety of violations of federal law. There are over 30,000 violations of the Federal Records Act, thousands of violations of the Espionage Act, RICO violations, conspiracy, and others. She will be told that they have an ironclad case with irrefutable evidence that she mishandled classified information, including Top Secret and SAP materials. She will be looking at life in prison, with no chance of parole. They will give her the option of permanently suspending her candidacy due to “serious health concerns”, or they make the recommendation to the DOJ. If she chooses to permanently suspend her candidacy, the FBI will delay their recommendation until after the election. The new GOP President will grant her a pardon, while condemning her for her actions, yet stating that with her “failing health”, she would probably not make it through a lengthy trial. Either that, or the DOJ will strike a deal where she pleads guilty, but gets probation for life. One of the laws (I cannot remember which) states that conviction under that statute results in the individual being permanently barred from holding any office where they would have access to classified materials, effectively removing her from public life.

The scores of former State Department staffers that knew about, and participated in, the illegal mishandling of highly classified information will not be so lucky. Huma, Mills, Kennedy, and others will be indicted for the violations of the Federal Records Act and the Espionage Act. They will either plea bargain or be convicted and serve time in a Federal “Country Club” Correctional Facility.

Permanent damage will have been done to the Democrat Party that will take generations to repair.

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 9:16 AM

I do work in (computer) security.

Kenny Bania on February 10, 2016 at 8:23 PM

What’s the latest Commodore 64 virus out there these days, Kenny? And how do you intend to patch it?

F-#711

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM

What’s the latest Commodore 64 virus out there these days, Kenny?

Hey, don’t mess with Kenny, he is the Security Secretary of the junior class “1337 Haxxorz Klub” of the Thomas B. Kin Chong Memorial High School in East Bogartjoint, Oregon. He is a farce to be reckoned with.

F X Muldoon on February 11, 2016 at 9:27 AM

I’ll be up here making logical fact based arguments while you soil yourselves down in those mine shafts.

Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 8:26 PM

HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 1800 scientific studies disagree with your Webster’s Dictionary.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM

virgo on February 10, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Agreed on the health issues.

Here’s how I think it will go down. The FBI will notify her that they are going to make a recommendation to the DOJ that she be indicted for a variety of violations of federal law. There are over 30,000 violations of the Federal Records Act, thousands of violations of the Espionage Act, RICO violations, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and others. She will be told that they have an ironclad case with irrefutable evidence that she mishandled classified information, including Top Secret and SAP materials. She will be looking at life in prison, with no chance of parole. They will give her the option of permanently suspending her candidacy due to “serious health concerns”, or they make the recommendation to the DOJ. If she chooses to permanently suspend her candidacy, the FBI will delay their recommendation until after the election. The new GOP President will grant her a pardon, while condemning her for her actions, yet stating that with her “failing health”, she would probably not make it through a lengthy trial. Either that, or the DOJ will strike a deal where she pleads guilty, but gets probation for life. One of the laws (I cannot remember which) states that conviction under that statute results in the individual being permanently barred from holding any office where they would have access to classified materials, effectively removing her from public life.

The scores of former State Department staffers that knew about, and participated in, the illegal mishandling of highly classified information will not be so lucky. Huma, Mills, Kennedy, and others will be indicted for the violations of the Federal Records Act, the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and others. They will either plea bargain or be convicted and serve time in a Federal “Country Club” Correctional Facility.

Permanent damage will have been done to the Democrat Party that will take generations to repair.

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Sorry about the double post. %$&#@ IE and this website.

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 9:56 AM

f she isn’t indicted, I hope millions of Americans march on DC.

amr on February 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM

…this spillage went far, wide, and deep in time. The damage will likely be incalculable.

Billions.
Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of desktops, laptops, mobiles and servers need to be seized and sanitized. Security scans and reviews need to be conducted. Security regulations, policies, instructions and practices need to be revised and enforced. New hardware, software and encryption devices/methods procured and installed. Secure programs need to be reviewed for damage. Compromised sources pulled or made to go dark.

Every time she claims she did “nothing wrong”, or it was “allowed”, is another slap in the face of everyone who has ever had a security clearance.

The average American has no idea how big a deal this is.
Head’s should roll. And if Hillary’s isn’t the first on the block there should be riots with pitchforks and torches.

Dexter_Alarius on February 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM

All this talk about the “server” in her house is a huge smoke screen…

What about ALL the client-email programs/phones for the 30 accounts that stored copies of the emails that PASSED through the Clinton server?!? …

So, she stored the classified emails for the Secretary of State and about 30 other people AND passed classified emails to their personal computers, iPads, and phones (which resided in 30+ different residences)… we must be talking about at least 50 different devices (beyond the ‘server’) that held illegally stored classified material. Clinton was the disseminator of classified information.

RedManBlueState on February 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM

That and he assumed he knew something he completely doesn’t know. Which has been a leitmotif for you guys.

Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Nothing was wrong with the sentence. We both know that she had to have generated the majority of all the email on her server. You trying to discount it because you believe that you can’t materially see it, doesn’t disprove that. Your inability to use logic and reason limits your ability to even argue, and to face reality.

Once again:
That is why it is her email server and her email account, so that she could initiate and receive email apart from her .gov account. She said so herself, when she attempted to explain why she needed the server and account. Remember, her technically challenged Blackberry joke?

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 5:47 PM Starts his stroking Tlaloc on February 10, 2016 at 8:45 PM Climax

It took the grand masterdebater from 5:45 until 8:45 to reach his plateau of self gratifying masterdabation. Lots of stroking of his own ego before he can let go. What a mess he makes.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 2:15 PM

This Hillary Clinton debacle has implicated the President Barack Obama directly into the F.B.I. investigation. So far only 18 e-mail communications between the White House and Hillary’s unsecure server have been brought to the attention of the public. Were there many more ? This whole investigation is going to quickly enlarge into the potential failure of another Presidency. Hillary may have to get a full pardon from the President. What if the F.B.I. case implicates the President himself ? tlaloc’s nightmares are only beginning,..maybe we should show a little compassion for him ? It can be a very heart breaking thing to watch the people you voted for being indicted on criminal-charges.

Bugdust172 on February 11, 2016 at 6:54 PM

To know her is to loathe her. She did nothing wrong, just ask her.

geezerintraining on February 13, 2016 at 10:09 AM