For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has insisted that no one ever hacked her unauthorized and unsecured private e-mail server that she used exclusively as Secretary of State. According to Reuters, however, the Clintons have hired a cybersecurity firm not to protect the nation’s secrets, but their own. The move came after indications that hackers may have breached the systems at the Clinton Foundation:
One of the sources and two U.S. security officials said that like hackers who targeted the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democrats’ congressional fundraising committee, the hackers appear to have used “spear phishing” techniques to gain access to the foundation’s network.
These techniques include creating bogus emails or websites in an effort to gain access to Clinton Foundation staffers’ emails and then to the foundation itself.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. officials said the hackers used the same techniques Russian intelligence agencies or their proxies employed against the Democratic Party groups, which suggests that Russians also attacked the foundation.
Let’s just make this explicitly clear. Hillary operated her home-brew system for four years without worrying one bit about the potential for exposure of the nation’s top secrets, including discussion of programs so sensitive that even their names were classified. Now that hackers have apparently taken aim at their global influence-peddling operation, though, suddenly cybersecurity is a major problem that requires top-flight intervention. That speaks volumes about Hillary’s priorities, no?
This should put all doubt to rest as to whether foreign intelligence services penetrated Hillary’s unauthorized e-mail system. If they were targeting the Clinton Foundation, foreign operatives certainly would have targeted Hillary’s home-brew system. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if the latter allowed hackers to penetrate the former rather than the other way around.
Speaking of priorities, Team Hillary really does reflect those of its leader. Campaign chief John Podesta complained yesterday that reporters appeared to have gained access to the FBI’s notes of his interview on the e-mail scandal, which prompted campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri to scold the media on the importance of securing classified information. No, really:
Would remind all that this material is classified. So this is leaking of classified material. https://t.co/eNerBad3fp
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) August 17, 2016
Amidst gales of social-media laughter, Ron Fournier took the most direct approach:
You're kidding, right?
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) August 18, 2016
I’d remind Palmieri that she’s lucky her job hasn’t transformed into sitting on the other side of a glass panel to get instructions from Hillary. If anyone with a name other than Clinton had done what Hillary did with classified information, Palmieri would be a press contact for a legal defense team.