As shocking as the question is, it may be more shocking that, given what we know about "EmailGate," it is a perfectly reasonable question to ask. The Director of the CIA and former NSA Director, Air Force general Michael Hayden, said:
"I would lose all respect for a whole bunch of foreign intelligence agencies if they weren't sitting back, paging through the emails,"
Hayden was appointed by Bill Clinton to be director of the NSA, and by George W. Bush as director of the CIA in 2006. Hayden's views on the Hillary EmailGate affair can be taken as from a consummate insider and the most authoritative source on the planet on electronic espionage. Speaking on the value of the unsecured 60,000 emails that are at the heart of the security lapse, Hayden further opined:
"How much energy would I expend if I were still director of the National Security Agency and someone told me I could get access to the unclassified email server of [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov? I'd move heaven and Earth to do that. And here you've got these private, intimate conversations by a senior official of the U.S. government sitting out there in what I would call an unprotected environment."
What we know about EmailGate, also, is this: Hillary deleted 32,000 emails, a violation of the Federal Records Act, claiming they were "personal." Regardless of whether this hard-to-swallow explanation is true - half her time on the computer involved "personal" matters? - it may be ascertained that they were emails she did not want the American pubic to see. We can only take Clinton's word that the destruction of government records was completely benign.
However, not only did Hillary not want the general public to see them, she did not want the people at the State Department responsible for categorizing her emails to see them, the people who determine which, in addition to those which were "born classified," should be classified. Contrary to Clinton's explanation that no classified emails were ever on her home server, we find that all emails to or from the US Secretary of State which consist of correspondence with a foreign government are automatically classified.
"It's born classified," said J. William Leonard, a former director of the U.S. government's Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). Leonard was director of ISOO, part of the National Archives and Records Administration, from 2002 until 2008, and worked for both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
In speculating over what kind of business the illegally deleted emails might have related to, many observers raise the unusual multi-million dollar contributions to the personal vehicle of a sitting secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation, by the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates.
And so we come to the question, with all the obsessive secrecy, was Clinton engaged in anything damning which might have been intercepted by a foreign government, and not a friendly one? This is a grave and serious question, and given the circumstances and most of all, Hillary's own actions, a perfectly reasonable one to ask.
And so the implications of EmailGate, as it has been dubbed by the media, continue to unfold. Hillary not only broke the law, explained in these pages, but may have disqualified herself from being president of the United States, due to failure to be able to pass a background check, of which one element is the possibility that you could be blackmailed on by a foreign government.
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