Tuesday, February 28, 2017

EmailGate

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The pace of government.

Judicial Watch today announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02369)).  The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss.

At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI informed Judicial Watch and the court that it located 35 FBI records that concern the Datto device and that it may take up to two years to release the records.  In addition, the FBI recovered approximately 10,000 messages from the Datto device.  The messages were turned over to the State Department to be processed and released on its website.

Tomorrow’s hearing should address whether the Trump FBI will be able to slow walk the release of these records.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeks:

  • All records, including but not limited to emails or text messages (SMSs, MMSs, BBMs, iMessages, etc.), discovered, recovered, retrieved from, or found on any Datto device, equipment, or hardware connected to or used to backup or support former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clintonemail.com email system.
  • All records relating to the FBI’s efforts to discover, recover, retrieve, or find emails or text messages stored on the Datto device, equipment, or hardware …

Clinton reportedly was using an online backup service called Datto Inc. to create copies of her data during a time when she and her aides were improperly handling classified material. Datto’s website company promises data is “invincible, secure, and instantly restorable at any time.

Datto announced it had turned over a “hardware device” to the FBI, along with all Clinton emails the company had in its possession, possibly including Clinton’s deleted private emails:

“With the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, yesterday, Tuesday, October 6, Datto delivered a hardware device to the FBI containing all backed up data related to Platte Rivers Networks’ client known to be in its possession,” said the company.

The court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has taken another unique turn that is putting Hillary’s chances of indictment much higher.

When Hillary Clinton took office as Secretary of State in January of 2009, she already had the clintonmail.com server up and running. She started using the home server on day one.

The breaking news is that she did not have the necessary certificate on the server to even have the ability to encrypt anything. To put it simply, anyone with any remedial hacking skills could have read her email during that time.

A couple of months later in March of 2009 she realized that she needed to make sure that her home server was encrypted. The real question is why did she wait two months to do this? What made her think of it while she was busy in her new job as Secretary of State?

Well, the two-month lapse looks to be enough time to have people from one or several of the countries she visited break into her server and read all her emails. She visited Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia from February 16-21 of 2009.

Again, why did she realize she needed to encrypt it? Simple, because someone in the intelligence community told Hillary that her server had been compromised and need to encrypt it immediately.

Secretary Eric Boswell from the State Department wrote a memo to Clinton. In reference to Hillary Clinton’s and her staff publicly fighting to keep their Blackberries during this time, Secretary Boswell said “her attention was drawn to a sentence that indicates we have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia.”

The looks like Hillary allowed a breech in 2009 and it’s possible that China was reading all of her emails.

This news comes out as Hillary is planning on sitting down with the FBI Director for an official interview into his agency’s yearlong investigation into her criminal actions regarding her emails.

Never in our nation’s history has a presidential front-runner been under criminal investigation by the FBI during the elections. Hillary doesn’t think it is a big issue, but the FBI disagrees. What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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