It’s not just the e-mail system that didn’t meet State Department spec. According to CBS News’ Jan Crawford, the computers and other devices used by Hillary Clinton did not come from their IT department. That means that normal security protocols were not employed on the devices used by her personally. The State Department made that admission in court filings yesterday, and it opens up another area of concern over the vulnerability of national-security information thanks to Hillary’s decision to evade oversight through the use of her secret home-brew server.
The CBS report starts off by reviewing the contents of two e-mails, which independently corroborates the Fox News report from last night, but stick around to the 97-second mark:
But it is not just Clinton’s private server that may have contained classified information. The State Department filed court papers Wednesday afternoon saying it “does not believe that any personal computing device was issued by the Department” to Clinton.
“Anytime you’re bringing your own equipment and using it for work purposes, it’s not as secure as something that’s actually issued by the company,” CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman explained. “Because they take those laptops, for example, and they pre-configure them, they put their own software on them, tracking software, update software, and they distribute them.”
That raises the question, how secure were her personal devices, like her BlackBerry, since they weren’t issued by the State Department?
Given the sorry state of security of the Clintonemail.com server, both during and after Hillary’s tenure at State, presumably the answer is not secure at all. Let’s not forget that this is the same woman who tried the dumb-grandma act in Las Vegas by asking whether Ed Henry thought she’d wiped the server “with a cloth.” Her team apparently couldn’t wipe the drive effectively enough to keep the FBI from accessing the data, so it’s pretty clear that Hillary wouldn’t have had a state-of-the-art defense against intrusion on her personal devices.
Should we start worrying whether her home phones were tapped, and by whom? I’d guess that State and the Secret Service covered that communication path, but thanks to the do-it-yourself IT environment Hillary crafted to evade Congressional and FOIA oversight, our enemies probably had little need to eavesdrop on her personal conversations. Instead of being a passive recipient, Hillary looks more like an active broadcaster the likes of which have never been seen before in national-security circles. Let’s put her in charge of the nation’s cybersecurity? What could go wrong?