A report from the Associated Press reveals how Hillary Clinton’s private, unsecured email scheme is likely responsible for revealing names of covert CIA agents referred to in the former Secretary of State’s redacted correspondence.
“Start with the entirely plausible view that foreign intelligence services discovered and rifled Hillary Clinton’s server,” said Stewart Baker, a Washington lawyer who spent more than three years as an assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department and is former legal counsel for the National Security Agency.
If so, those infiltrators would have copies of all her emails with the names not flagged as being linked to the agency.
In the process of publicly releasing the emails, however, classification experts seem to have inadvertently provided a key to anyone who has the originals. By redacting names associated with the CIA and using the “B3 CIA PERS/ORG” exemption as the reason, “Presto — the CIA names just fall off the page,” Baker said.
The CIA declined to comment.
This totally makes sense, right? Think about it…
Most serious observers believe it’s probable if not likely that Ms. Clinton’s home-brew email server has hacked. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (who served with Clinton in the Obama Administration) said so. So did Lanny Davis, long-time adviser to the Clintons. So, let’s accept that premise.
Let’s say some intelligence operative in Moscow is sitting on a giant file of all of Clinton’s emails. All Boris has to do is cross check his copies against the redacted versions that the State Department has released. Many of these redactions are names of CIA operatives or contacts. The names that appear in the hacked emails just need be compared to the redacted ones and Boris has now discovered the names the State Department was trying to protect.
And, make no mistake, these emails did contain information on human intelligence and CIA assets. Catherine Herridge of Fox News reported that fact back in January.
But, none of this matters, because this week, Hillary Clinton made history by breaking a glass ceiling.