In the continuing, though much less-covered, saga of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, a new document shows that the former secretary of state willfully ignored her security advisors and continued using an unsecured BlackBerry to handle federal business.
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained the email correspondence through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department which had been sitting on this document for 18 months.
On March 6, 2009, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell sent out a memo explaining that he “cannot stress too strongly, however, that any unclassified BlackBerry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving email, and exploiting calendars.”
On March 7, Clinton received an email from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff Susan Kennedy (presumably), which stated, “Just in case you are still allowed to carry your blackberry, your friends are watching with great pride.”
Clinton responded on March 8, proving she was aware her BlackBerry was vulnerable and she didn’t care:
Against the advice of the security hawks, I still do carry my berry but am prohibited from using it in my office, where I spend most of my time when I’m not on a plane or in a “no coverage” country.
From JW’s report:
The new document brings the known total to date to at least 433 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department. These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “Mrs. Clinton seemingly ignored the advice of ‘security hawks’ and violated numerous laws related to the handling of classified material and government documents. The State Department sat on this document for 18 months. It is a smoking gun that shows why she must held accountable under criminal and civil law.”