In the ongoing saga of “As Hillary’s Server Cover-Up Turns” the drip drip drip is starting to turn into a running stream. On Wednesday, State Department emails released via court order to the non-profit watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal that certain security features in the software itself was turned off to deal with technical issues in the server in Hillary Clinton’s home. This left the device vulnerable to attack, something Mrs. Clinton assured the public never happened, and more than one hacker and State Department email said did.
Just weeks later, according to previously disclosed emails, hackers attacked the server, forcing Clinton’s staff to shut it down. The next day, one of Clinton’s closest aides, Huma Abedin, wrote to other high ranking staff: “Don’t email hrc (Clinton) anything sensitive. I can explain more in person.”…
The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve an apparent conflict between the server’s built-in email delivery features with a version of “ScanMail for Exchange” security software from Trend Micro Inc. that had been installed on her server….
The information technology workers attending to the Clintons’ server were most concerned that turning off the features to the security software just so that Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin could use their email would leave the server open to exploitation with one official calling it a band-aid. Then, what the State Department IT people most feared came true.
On Jan. 9, 2011, a State Department IT staffer was forced to shut down Clinton’s server because he believed “someone was trying to hack us.” Later that day, he wrote, “We were attacked again so I shut (the server) down for a few min.” It was one of several occasions when email access to Clinton’s BlackBerry smartphone was disrupted because her private server was down, according to the documents.
This was eight months prior to Clinton receiving emails with attachments that claimed she had speeding tickets in New York. (Amazing feet since the woman hasn’t driven in over 20 years.) Downloading the attachments that were supposed to be the speeding tickets would have made it possible for the sender to penetrate the server remotely.
This cache of emails is one to add to the pile of criticisms from the State Department Inspector General, Judicial Watch, presidential candidate Donald Trump, and many more interested parties who are tracking the story of American state secrets being compromised via Hillary Clinton’s private email server. At this time, Bryan Pagliano, the State Department staffer who set up the server in the Clintons’ residence is being questioned on the matter and is repeatedly invoking his right to not incriminate himself (he’s taking the fifth).
In addition, presidential hopeful Trump talked about the matter in a foreign policy speech on Wednesday.
“So they probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be President of the United States. This fact alone disqualifies her from the presidency,” Trump said. “We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies.”
At this time, there are dozens more outstanding lawsuits seeking access to emails that passed through the infamous server as well as the State Department.