How careless was Hillary Clinton with state secrets? Ask her housekeeper

How careless was Hillary Clinton with state secrets? Ask her housekeeper
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The past, according to the old maxim, is prologue. As applied to the art of hiring, the adage holds that an employee who was careless in a previous job is likely to be careless in his new job.

All of this is relevant to the presidential election that will take place in three days. On the one hand, you have a candidate who never served a day in government. On the other, you have a candidate who boasts of having spent 30 years in public service.

But if you dig a little deeper, you find the quality of the second candidate’s experience is far more critical than the quantity in terms of what she would bring to the job.

The last government position Hillary Clinton held was secretary of state. As has become painfully clear, she was reckless in the most critical aspect of that job, which is overseeing the nation’s security. That she compromised that security by maintaining an unsecured email server on that she used to conduct state business is a given.

The depth of carelessness is only now being revealed. Paul Sperry of the New York Post dropped this bombshell this morning:

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government e-mails and documents — including ones containing classified information — from her house in Washington, DC, e-mails and FBI memos show. But the housekeeper lacked the security clearance to handle such material.

In fact, Marina Santos was called on so frequently to receive e-mails that she may hold the secrets to E-mailgate….

Clinton entrusted far more than the care of her DC residence, known as Whitehaven, to Santos. She expected the Filipino immigrant to handle state secrets, further opening the Democratic presidential nominee to criticism that she played fast and loose with national security.

Sperry cites an example a classified 2012 email dealing with the new president of Malawi in which Clinton aide Monica Hanley advised the secretary, “We can ask Marina to print this.” In another exchange, Hanley wrote; “Marina is trying to print for you.” The subject line of the email, which was classified, was “Revisions to the Iran points.”

These were not isolated cases. In fact, Sperry observes:

Santos also had access to a highly secure room called an SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) that diplomatic security agents set up at Whitehaven, according to FBI notes from an interview with Abedin.

From within the SCIF, Santos — who had no clearance — “collected documents from the secure facsimile machine for Clinton,” the FBI notes revealed.

Clinton has insisted repeatedly that she exercised extraordinary care during her tenure at State. Yet, as new evidence becomes available, we find that the opposite is true. Another bombshell, this one from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, reveals that Clinton’s unsecured server was hacked 10 times in two days in November 2010. 

The question Americans should be aksing themselves as they head to the polls Tuesday is not whether Hillary Clinton is fit to be president. It should why she is not wearing prison stripes.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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