There is a saying among life coaches that says, how you do anything is how you do everything. So it should come as no surprise that just as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was careless, even callous, about the security of her email communications, so too was she careless about her phone communications.
Via The Blaze:
Hillary Clinton abandoned a secure line in 2009 when she experienced technical problems and opted to use her home phone instead, emails released Thursday reveal.
An email conversation obtained by conservative non-profit Judicial Watch through an open records request shows Clinton had trouble connecting with her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills.
“I called some time ago to do a secure call with you — call them and ask them to try the connection,” Mills wrote Clinton in February 2009 after the two had trouble connecting.
“I give up. Call me on my home #,” Clinton replied.
“Just did – no answer,” Mills wrote back.
It was unclear if the two ever did connect on the phone. A spokesperson for her campaign did not respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze Thursday evening.
Nevertheless, Clinton’s critics used the new emails to hammer the former secretary of state.
“This drip, drip of new Clinton emails show Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “How many other smoking gun emails are Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration hiding from the American people?”
The emails were part of the 296 pages released Thursday by Judicial Watch.
The same batch of documents also revealed the former secretary of state acknowledged the risk of using a private BlackBerry phone — but went ahead and used it anyway for sending and receiving emails. As Breitbart notes:
Clinton’s knowledge of the Blackberry problem — and her apparent disregard for its implications — marks a crucial point in any potential criminal case that could be made against her by the Department of Justice.
To prove a violation of the Espionage Act of 1913, prosecutors must show that a person’s “gross negligence” allowed national defense information to be “lost, stolen, abstracted or destroyed.”
“I’m so sorry but I’m just seeing this (no blackberry contact permitted in my office) and I’m on the way to the shuttle to NY,” Clinton said in an email to personal Clinton health adviser Mark Hyman on February 27, 2009. The email was obtained by Judicial Watch, a nonprofit transparency group that is suing the State Department.
Yes, I know, we’re all tired of hearing the drip-drip-drip of evidence against the former Secretary of State; we’re all ready for some actual action against her. And yet, we have to remember that day should be drawing near, by all accounts…
Sincere gratitude to Judicial Watch for its unrelenting work in trying to pry transparency from the
“most” least transparent administration ever.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]