After several failed attempts to conduct an official conversation on a secured telephone line, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded her underlings call her on her unsecured home phone line.
The emails include a now-familiar theme revealed over the course of many episodes showing the 68-year-old political veteran struggling with basic technology like an iPad and fax machine. “I called ops and they gave me your ‘secure’ cells, but only got a high-pitched whining sound,” Clinton wrote.
Judicial Watch uncovered the email exchange from February 2009 between the presidential candidate, her then Chief-of-Staff and bag man Cheryl Mills and at least one other party whose name was redacted from the exchange : (The Hill)
“I give up. Call me on my home #,” Clinton told then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills in a February 2009 email, after more than an hour of trouble trying to communicate via a secure line.
“I just spoke to ops and called you reg line – we have to wait until we see each other b/c [the] technology is not working,” Mills said in another email sent at almost exactly the same time.“Pls try again,” responded Clinton, a few moments later.
But the episode is likely to cause concern among critics of Clinton, who have previously accused her of resorting to unsecure forms of communication out of convenience, potentially jeopardizing sensitive information. Another email of Clinton’s, released in January, appeared to show her telling a top aide to remove identifying details and send a sensitive document through a “nonsecure” channel instead of via “secure fax.”
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch released a statement on the latest revelation:
“This drip, drip of new Clinton emails show Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications. How many other smoking gun emails are Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration hiding from the American people?”
Also noteworthy is the fact that this damning and embarrassing email exchange was not part of the original batch of 30,000 emails release by the State Department over the course of several months last year. The email was only made public thanks to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request which was part of the legal effort which first brought Clinton’s unprecedented use of an unsecured, private email server to light in the first place.