The Hillary Campaign Denies Computer Breach and Refused to Cooperate with FBI Investigation

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The Hillary Clinton Campaign denies that its internal computer systems have been compromised:

So far, campaign computer experts “have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised,” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.

Merrill said that “an analytics data program maintained by the DNC and used by our campaign and a number of other entities was accessed as part of the DNC hack.” The campaign did not provide details, but a source familiar with the situation said that the hacked material was generally dull and did not include email communications, memos, research or other potentially inflammatory communications. Mostly, the source said, it included innocuous data such as computer code and lists of email addresses.

Yes, that denial is reminiscent of some of the things Hillary’s said about her “extremely careless . . . handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” on her private email server. You know, like when she was talking about her scandalous email server during her infamous March 2015 press conference at the United  Nations, “There is no evidence there was ever a breach.” An Associated Press factcheck stated that the FBI did not uncover a breach but made clear that possibility cannot be ruled out:

“We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account,” Comey said.

He said evidence would be hard to find because hackers are sophisticated and can cover their tracks. Comey said his investigators learned that Clinton’s security lapses included using “her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries.” Comey also noted that hackers breached the email accounts of several outsiders who messaged with Clinton.

What else can Hillary’s campaign say? Especially after “FBI agents visited the Clinton campaign in the spring” just before  and warned about efforts they had observed to break into the campaign’s computer system. The Hillary campaign refused to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into the cyberattack because giving the FBI the internal computer logs and personal email information it requested might have caused even more trouble the Clintons concerning the Clinton Foundation:

The FBI’s request to turn over internal computer logs and personal email information came at an awkward moment for the Clinton campaign, said the source, familiar with the campaign’s internal deliberations. At the time, the FBI was still actively and aggressively conducting a criminal investigation into whether Clinton had compromised national security secrets by sending classified emails through a private computer server in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. There were already press reports, to date unconfirmed, that the investigation might have expanded to include dealings relating to the Clinton Foundation. Campaign officials had reason to fear that any production of campaign computer logs and personal email accounts could be used to further such a probe.

You can’t make this stuff up. Nuff said.