Report: Hillary’s email server so unsecure, it’s ‘total amateur hour’

AP file photo

AP file photo

From the Associated Press, consider this an appetizer for tonight’s first debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (and whichever also-rans are also on stage):

“The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

“Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders.

“Records show that Clinton additionally operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, New York, that also were directly accessible from the Internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to run websites.

“The new details provide the first clues about how Clinton’s computer, running Microsoft’s server software, was set up and protected when she used it exclusively over four years as secretary of state for all work messages. Clinton’s privately paid technology adviser, Bryan Pagliano, has declined to answer questions about his work from congressional investigators, citing the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

“Some emails on Clinton’s server were later deemed top secret, and scores of others included confidential or sensitive information. Clinton has said that her server featured ‘numerous safeguards,’ but she has yet to explain how well her system was secured and whether, or how frequently, security updates were applied.”

Asked for comment about whether her server was appropriately secured, Hillary said, “What? With a lock or something?”

Just kidding … I think. Given the way Team Hillary has handled this entire episode — researched and recounted in detail in this Politico story — I wouldn’t put such a response past her.

Once more, let’s get to the heart of this issue:

  1. Was classified information on her personal, private server? (Answer: Yes.)
  2. Was her personal, private server protected appropriately? (Answer: No.)
  3. Do these facts raise questions about her judgment? (Answer: In my view, and that of voters surveyed by opinion pollsters, yes.)
  4. Has she given a sufficient answer for handling things this way? (Answer: No, because her answers keep changing as they’re undermined by the facts.)
  5. Is she hiding something? (Answer: TBD.)

Whether or not anyone, from Clinton to Pagliano to anyone else, faces criminal charges over this episode, those questions remain key in evaluating this case. Would any of the 30,000 emails Hillary deemed “personal” in nature reveal anything untoward in her overlapping interests at State and the Clinton Foundation?

We already know there was — at best, from the Clintons’ perspective — questionable timing involving a donation to the Clinton Foundation and a request by the donor for Hillary (among other officials) to approve a sensitive business deal.

… and that the Clinton Foundation had to refile tax returns from several years to reflect that, rather than receiving $0 from foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state, it in fact received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments while she was secretary of state.

… and that Bill Clinton’s speaking fees rose dramatically while his wife was secretary of state.

… and that some of the classified information that passed through her email account was sent as she traded messages and received advice on Libya from Sidney Blumenthal — an ex-Clinton White House staffer who was barred from working for Hillary at State, and who at the time was pursuing a business interest in Libya that would benefit from U.S. intervention in the country.

… and that her chief of staff at State, Cheryl Mills, had a side job negotiating a deal for New York University to build a campus in Abu Dhabi.

It will be fascinating tonight to see if CNN’s moderators ask Hillary about the email issue as many times as, say, CNN’s moderators during the last GOP debate asked Republican candidates what they thought about things Donald Trump had said about them.

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Kate SD
Kate SD

Savvy piece , I was enlightened by the facts , Does anyone know where my business could possibly get a sample KS PA 50 form to complete ?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Hillary " What difference does it make " Clinton does not care if her e-mails got hacked, she would just claim they were not hers and they were planted by a vast right wing conspiracy  

WhyorWhyNot
WhyorWhyNot

Republican mantra: We investigated it and didn't find anything, so we're going to investigate it again. In other words, we're going to investigate it until we find something or create something.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@WhyorWhyNot

Democrat mantra:  We don't care what the facts are or what you found, we are going to stick our fingers in our ears, pretend not to hear, and believe whatever we want.  It's Hillary's turn, her incompetence isn't important, and we want our free stuff to continue.

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@WhyorWhyNot

And your mantra seems to be:  if you haven't charged her with a crime, then, hey, no problemo!

GB101
GB101

@WhyorWhyNot I think I agree.  We have had all the investigation we need about the emails.   Time to lock her up.

Enoch19
Enoch19

The Benghazi investigation is just a vehicle for Obama to leak information damaging to Hillary.  He can blame republicans but is using the committee as a way to destroy Hillary's campaign. Obama decided to support a one time Biden with Warren as his VP and Hillary is in the way.  If she keeps fighting, she goes to jail or the "personal" emails she supposedly erase will be made public and her reputation will be destroyed.  


She is just twisting in the wind now.  Biden will be the democratic nominee.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Hopefully Jim Webb combat veteran/war hero/former Sec of the Navy will use the debate to point out how irresponsible and caviler she was to allow her sensitive/classified information to reside on this patched together homemade email server, where most likely it was accessed by our enemies.  


Seeing how national security is so low on Democrat voters priorities, maybe Webb will not risk his 1% polling and if he doesn't, we know none of the others will waste the time they would rather talk about income inequality, climate change, and transgender politics.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Unfortunately I don't think it matters in the primary.  The low info voters don't care, they aren't concerned with national security, just domestic policy.  You hear it here everyday, that we should just get out of the Middle East, love those who chant death to America, let Russia and China alone and they will self destruct and peace will rein on earth.  Obama says America is a safer place after his capitulation, apology, and appeasement, so what's to worry about.  More free stuff for the folks with the money we save!  What's not to like if you are of this mindset. 


Hopefully in the general election all this will catch up to her.  If you were making a comedy film about a candidate she would be hugely funny.  She takes firm stands on things like the TPP, same sex marriage/DOMA, Keystone, Welfare reform, etc and then completely reverses herself when she needs to for political reasons.  She is just a caricature of a true politician, no values, just pandering.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Great!  Hillary has some question marks surrounding one item that was brought up with an investigation into. . . Benghazi????


Any information on Benghazi that the other half-dozen or so investigations didn't find? Or are we so past Benghazi that it's all about "Hillary Hillary Hillary!!!!"? 

Sure, you dig deep enough, and *something* will turn up. So far it's all smoke. Sure, there's a lot of "could have beens" all over the place, but at the end of the day the question should be:   Was it illegal?  It doesn't look like it because there is new legislation to outlaw the use of private email servers.


So far, the message is clear.  The Benghazi investigation today is all about targeting Hillary and make her polls weaker. If Hillary wasn't running for President, would we have this investigation?  Nope. It's a political witch-hunt. Again.  

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

So Kyle, anything found on the server (or in emails) so far that endangers national security?

HRPuff
HRPuff

@STHornet1990 Ask the Russians, Chinese, and North Koreans. They probably have copies of everything.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Rep. Gowdy said in a statement, “Had CNN contacted the Committee regarding its interview with this staffer before it rushed to air his sensationalistic and fabulist claims, it could have fully questioned him about his unsubstantiated claims. But that is the difference between journalism as practiced by CNN, and the fact-centric investigation being conducted by this Committee.”


A CNN spokesperson made it clear that Gowdy was not being honest, “We categorically deny Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy’s statement about CNN. We reached out to the committee for a response prior to publishing or broadcasting, which the committee provided. That response was included in our reporting. In addition, Chairman Gowdy was invited to discuss this on CNN and declined. Chairman Gowdy is wrong.”


No CNN...He is a liar.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

I will be very surprised indeed if any of Hillary's rivals hammer the email server issue.  They all know they're clowns who won't be permitted to win the nomination and will be satisfied to play their little roles like good party apparatchiks.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Podliska also alleged that the Republican-led committee began focusing on Clinton and the State Department almost exclusively after news emerged in March that Clinton exclusively used a private email server to conduct official business.


They couldn't wait to get their hands on those emails. Surely it would be a gold mine proving what they knew since the 90's . The Clintons are evil and not to be trusted.


Instead we get spin at best. All of this would be funny if it weren't on the taxpayers dime. 



Claver
Claver

"It will be fascinating tonight to see if CNN’s moderators ask Hillary about the email issue as many times as, say, CNN’s moderators during the last GOP debate asked Republican candidates what they thought about things Donald Trump had said about them."  Please, no.  I'm already expecting it to be boring compared to the GOP Trump-a-Thon.  More than two questions about emails and everyone will definitely be falling asleep.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 We already know there was — at best, from the Clintons’ perspective — questionable timing involving a donation to the Clinton Foundation and a request by the donor for Hillary (among other officials) to approve a sensitive business deal.


I guess the 18 or so other people who approved that deal were all in on it too huh 


This is the point of checking into her emails. To find anything potentially embarrassing or that can be spun into a scandal. 


I hope she is asked about her emails too. Im sure she will have a response ready. Of course anything she says will never satisfy the right who are still completely obsessed with the Clintons. 



M H Smith
M H Smith

The Democrats would do better to elect Sanders as their candidate for President since their crazy uncle Joe refuses to come out of the attic to run and the others just can't get political traction even with left gone extreme left crowd of the party.


From Whitewater to Benghazi, Hillary drags a trail of dishonesty behind her.  

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Lets not forget all of this email stuff started with the now thoroughly discredited Benghazi investigation. Which Republicans have all but admitted was purely political. This reeks of Whitewater where Republicans kept investigating until they found something, anything to smear the Clintons with. All on the taxpayers dime.


Maj. Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told CNN that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. That new focus flipped a broad-based probe of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into what Podliska described as "a partisan investigation."


http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/10/politics/benghazi-committee-investigation-political-hillary-clinton-brad-podliska-lawsuit/

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

My bet is....about the toughest question that she will get from CNN will be, something along the lines of:

Do you like caffeinated or de-caffeinated coffee?

Wanderboyd
Wanderboyd

I am all for a woman being elected president - just NOT this woman! She does whatever the hell she wants to do and would have the US in turmoil in weeks.

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

@Wanderboyd  Right. If you had said Trump this statement would be absolutely true. Just read it again and realize that's 100% his MO.

Mandingo
Mandingo

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. ..........The way you like to stir the pot on anything Hillary you would lead people to believe she was under indictment for a crime. I am fully aware that this is your opinion blog, but how about stop trying to create news and just comment on factual information. You have somehow morphed into a gossip columnist.  

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Alright. Alright. Let's go after Hillary and Bill again.

It's indefensible. It was wrong. But it didn't get hacked and Colin Powell did similar things as SOS

People keep saying I don't want another Bush or Clinton. I understand the first part but not the second. I never voted for Clinton back then because the Republicans had serious candidates.

WhyorWhyNot
WhyorWhyNot

@Kyle_Wingfield @JeffreyEav But we do know that many government computers have been hacked. We also know that many retail systems have been hacked. But we don't know that Hillary's server has been hacked. Maybe her server was the most secure, and it's for political purposes that republicans operatives are saying that it wasn't. 

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@WhyorWhyNot @JeffreyEav If you were the hackers, and you had sensitive emails sent/received by a possible future POTUS, would you let everyone know now, or wait to see if she gets elected?