FBI documents released Monday have provided deeper insight into the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and what some security agents experiences while working with the former Secretary of State.
Among the documents released is an interview with a former Diplomatic Security agent who served Clinton's security detail during her time as Secretary of State. He also served on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's security detail. The agent told the FBI there was a "stark difference" between the two stateswomen, particularly because Clinton routinely and "blatantly" breached security and diplomatic protocols while Rice never did.
What's more, the agent's account seems to corroborate past rumors about Hillary Clinton's mistreatment of those assigned to her security detail. The agent said Clinton was "so contemptuous" of the security agents sworn to protect her, that most of them refused to take on Clinton's detail.
CNSNews parses excerpts from the FBI interview with the DS agent (pages 43-45 in the link above):
"[I]t is standard security and diplomatic protocol for the Secretary of State to ride in the armored limousine with the local U.S. ambassador when traveling in countries abroad. It is seen as diplomatic protocol for the Secretary of State to arrive at foreign diplomatic functions with the local ambassador; however, Clinton refused to do so, instead choosing to be accompanied in the limousine by her Chief of Staff, HUMA ABEDIN. This frequently resulted in complaints by ambassadors who were insulted and embarrassed by this breach of protocol. [The DS agent] explained that Clinton's protocol breaches were well known throughout Diplomatic Security and were 'abundant.'"
The DS agent also told the FBI that Abedin possessed "much more power" over Clinton's staff and schedule than other former chiefs of staff. The agent believed that Abedin was often responsible for the security and diplomatic lapses.
In another example given by the DS agent, Clinton -- visiting Jakarta, Indonesia in early 2009 -- wanted to visit an area deemed unsafe by her security personnel. The FBI report noted that the visit was reportedly for a photo opportunity regarding CLINTON's 'clean cooking stoves' initiative. The DS advance team recommended against traveling to the area, but "were told by DS management that it was going to happen because 'she wanted it.'"
"DS agents felt this excursion into potentially hostile areas placed CLINTON, her staff, the media, and her security detail in unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for 'her election campaign," the agent stated before adding that agents believed Clinton used her platform as Secretary of State to campaign for a future role as president.
The agent "explained that CLINTON'S treatment of DS agents on her protective detail was so contemptuous that many of them sought reassignment or employment elsewhere. Prior to Clinton's tenure, being an agent on the Secretary of State's protective detail was seen as an honor and privilege reserved for senior agents. However, by the end of CLINTON's tenure, it was staffed largely with new agents because it was difficult to find senior agents willing to work for her."
The agent's account of how Clinton routinely breached security and diplomatic protocols is all the more credible given what we know of Clinton's handling of classified information on her home-brewed server.