Clinton email update: missing emails and missing classified information

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The steady drip-drip of the Clinton email scandal is taking a toll on Hillary’s presidential ambitions. Since the scandal became widely known back in April, Clinton has lost over a third of the support she had to be the Democrat presidential candidate. Right now we know that Hillary’s email server was not “wiped” and we are fairly sure there is a back up server in existence. The FBI’s involvement shows that this is not merely a “make things better” operation. Someone is in grave legal jeopardy. Now we have a couple more data points.

There are five months of missing Hillary Clinton emails.

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Previously Clinton has given assurances that she turned over all work-related emails to State. Either Clinton did zero official business using email for a five month period or she has lied to everyone. (I know what my first guess is.) This in not trivial. As Judicial Watch says:

These emails raise questions about whether Clinton told the truth last month when she declared, under penalty of perjury, “I have directed that all of my emails on in my custody that were or potentially were federal records be provided to the Department of State….”  Clinton made this statement in response to a court order Judicial Watch obtained in separate FOIA litigation.

Clinton’s classified material now on Google’s servers.

Of course, that material is much safer there than on Hillary’s bathroom server.

Classified emails passed through commercial email services like Google and AOL on their path to or from a private server maintained by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, but so far, the government appears to have done little to retrieve or secure the messages.

A POLITICO review of Clinton emails made public by the State Department shows that at least 55 messages now deemed to include classified information appear to have been sent to or from private accounts other than Clinton’s. That number is certain to grow substantially as State processes all Clinton emails and sorts through emails turned over to the department by several of her top aides.

Only about a quarter of the former secretary’s messages have been released up to this point, and her advisers sent emails on the same topics that never reached Clinton. The nonchalant response to messages stored on commercial servers contrasts sharply with recent FBI efforts to take possession of email copies on a thumb drive maintained by Clinton’s attorney David Kendall and on a server kept by a Denver tech company that managed Clinton’s account.

POLITICO, which when it comes to Hillary Clinton should be viewed as a part of her campaign, tries to frame this as the government (presumably John Kerry) being at fault for not retrieving classified material from servers owned by Google and others. It also uses this discovery as a way of pushing the narrative of “yeah, well, the government classifies a lot of stuff that shouldn’t be classified.”

“They are discordant, and they reflect inconsistent notions of information security,” said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists. “They are totally incompatible positions.”

This seeks to obscure the real issue of the huge amount of damage Clinton did to US security interests by her cavalier treatment of classified material. Because of her natural tendency towards secrecy she put national security at risk. Because of her duplicity, we can’t adequately determine the extent of the damage.