Clinton’s emails rise to at least 1,340, denies requesting unlawful communication

Late Thursday evening the State Department completed the latest court mandated document dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her home-brew server she used while Secretary of State. The number of emails containing “now classified material ” has risen to at least 1,340, but the biggest revelation came from an exchange where Clinton instructs a top aide to remove “markings” from a document that was to be sent via secured fax and email it to her instead.

Smoking Gun

The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department early Friday contain what may be the smoking gun that forces the Justice Department to charge the former secretary of state with a crime, according to former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova.

“This is gigantic,” said diGenova. “She caused to be removed a classified marking and then had it transmitted in an unencrypted manner. That is a felony. The removal of the classified marking is a federal crime. It is the same thing to order someone to do it as if she had done it herself.”

“This makes it impossible for the bureau not to recommend charges,” diGenova said of the FBI. “This makes it impossible not to go forward, and it certainly ties the hand of the attorney general.”

This latest in a “whole arsenal of smoking guns” demonstrates clearly the blatant disregard for security precautions that Clinton and her inner-circle of core staff routinely showed for sensitive material, as has been pointed to by a number of intelligence and security veterans since the criminal probe into Clinton’s time at State began last year. It is now a certainty that top secret information did pass through Clinton’s unsecured server despite the many denials and obfuscations that the Clinton Campaign has made.

In a hilariously ironic twist, in one of the released exchanges, Clinton questions the use of a private email address by another State Department staffer, despite her and her inner-circle routinely doing the exact same thing.

The State Department spent the better part of Friday and Saturday trying to cover for the actions of their previous boss, leaving their own competence if not credibility in question.

The State Department said Friday that no such document was sent by email.

And on Saturday, a State Department official who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the increasingly complicated review of Clinton’s emails said the agency “checked its records and found no indication that the document in question was sent to Secretary Clinton using nonsecure fax or email.”

The official, who demanded anonymity, said records instead turned up a secure fax transmission shortly after Clinton’s email exchange with adviser Jake Sullivan on June 17, 2011. The implication was that this was the same document.

While the review appears to rule out the possibility of Clinton improperly receiving sensitive material, it leaves other questions unanswered.

Was the document classified or unclassified? The State Department won’t say.

And was Clinton wrong to instruct a senior aide to send it through nonsecure means, even if that request wasn’t fulfilled? The department says it isn’t making a judgment.

Even the subject matter hasn’t been revealed.

So we are to believe that a memo that is so classified that any mention of it’s subject has been heavily redacted was at the same time so innocuous that it would have been okay to “remove markings” from it and send via email, if that had happened, which it didn’t?

Clinton, for her part, blitzed the Sunday Morning talk shows, taking a page out of the Richard Pryor playbook by asking us to believe her instead of our lying eyes:

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Clinton said that she was only asking for unclassified information, not classified material that is not supposed to be sent through private email accounts or other non-governmental channels.

“Obviously, what I’m asking for is whatever can be transmitted,” she said.

In a completely separate inquiry into the document dump, former NSA analyst John R. Schindler asks whether ClintonWorld loyalist Sidney Blumenthal has access to secret compartmented Signals Intelligence:

But the most interesting part is that the report describes a conversation “in confidence” that happened on the evening of June 7, just one day before Mr. Blumenthal sent the report to Secretary Clinton. It beggars the imagination to think that Sid’s private intelligence operation, which was just a handful of people, had operators who were well placed in Sudan, with top-level spy access, able to get this secret information, place it in a decently written assessment with proper espionage verbiage, and pass it all back to Washington, DC, inside 24 hours. That would be a feat even for the CIA, which has stations and officers all over Africa.

In fact, the June 8, 2011 Blumenthal report doesn’t read like CIA material at all, in other words human intelligence or HUMINT, but very much like signals intelligence or SIGINT.  I know what SIGINT reports look like, because I used to write them for the National Security Agency, America’s biggest source of intelligence. SIGINT reports, which I’ve read thousands of, have a very distinct style and flavor to them and Blumenthal’s write-up matches it, right down to the “Source Comments,” which smack very much of NSA reporting and its “house rules.”

One has to wonder if this is but the very tip of the iceberg. Since Clinton had the opportunity to destroy all the really damning emails, despite their being under subpoena, there is no telling what could have been found.

 

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