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September 02, 2015

Politico: Hilary's Aides Actively Pushed to Put Top Secret Documents on Their Personal PDAs

Before getting to that, let me note how Huffington Post Politics headlined all the disclosures about Hillary's emails yesterday:

By the way, do we really want a president who struggles with her "work-life balance"? It seems sexist for Huffington Post Politics to say that the only female Democrat candidate has this problem, yet none of the men seem to.

Anyway, on to the big news from Politico's Josh Gerstein.

All emphases added.

Hillary Clinton's aides appear to have pushed for handheld devices capable of handling classified material soon after Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state -- a request that was discussed by senior security personnel at the agency, according to newly-disclosed emails.

Some of those top-level security officials also appeared to have concerns about requests from Clinton's aides that they be permitted to view "SECRET" and "TOP SECRET" material on personal electronic devices, the heavily-redacted emails indicate.

This was probably done out of convenience, to help Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin maintain a proper work-life balance.

After all, you can't just go running off to a SCIF every time you want to view Sensitive Compartmented Information. Other people can do that, but they don't have the problems with work-life balance that Hillary and her aides apparently do.


[T]he messages show that a request for portable devices that could handle classified information seemed to cause some consternation among the security personnel.

"On the off chance that S [the secretary's] staff continues to push for S or TS-capable PDAs..." Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell wrote to State's Senior Coordinator for Security Infrastructure Donald Reid on February 2, 2009, copying in Assistant Director of Diplomatic Security for Domestic Operations Patrick Donovan.

The rest of that sentence was deleted by the State Department's Freedom of Information Act personnel under an exemption for internal deliberations, but in the same message Boswell asked for "a briefing on what we know."

State, however, refuses to answer about their exact level of knowledge that this was going on, or if anyone approved it, or... well, anything, really. They won't say, for example, if this demand was explicitly refused, or granted, or simply ignored (and therefore winked at).

And: What did Obama know? Seems like one of his Secretaries demanding the right to violate top secret information-handling protocols would be the sort of thing you'd call him in from the golf course to apprise him of.

Work-Life Balance

More important than national security considerations. Also, you need to make time for Fundraising and Foreign-Government Bribe-Solicitation.

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