Fact-checking Hillary Clinton

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton

[I]t was hard to understand how operating and maintaining a home-based email server was more convenient than using the system provided by the State Department. But her convenience claim couldn’t stand up to the slightest scrutiny. Her own words from a month before in Silicon Valley directly contradicted the claim. She told the audience that she now used an iPhone, a BlackBerry, an iPad and a mini iPad — convenient.

Many of Clinton’s other claims in March have not aged well, either:

  • With respect to her server’s security, Clinton said “the system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches.” Later in the news conference, she said even more clearly, “The use of that server  … started with my husband.

Now we know differently. The system set up for the former president was deemed inadequate to the needs of a secretary of State, so a new server was set up. We know that in the first three months of her term, “access to the server was not encrypted or authenticated with a digital certificate,” the most basic type of security, according to cyber security firm Venafi.

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