This makes him the internal watchdog for the 16 US intelligence agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He will be unanimously confirmed by the Senate on November 7, 2011. (McClatchy, 1/20/2016) (The White House, 8/2/2011) (Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 9/15/2012)
Between 1:44 a.m. and 5:26 a.m., five very similar emails are sent to her account, disguised as speeding ticket. The headings on all five emails read, “UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET,” and they come from different nyc.gov email addresses. The emails instruct Clinton to print out an attachment. If she does so, hackers would be able to take over her computer.
CBS News will later report, “It is unclear whether she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account, but the syntax, misspelling, and formatting errors in the emails would have given Clinton a strong indication that these were phishing emails.”
“Phishing” is when “spam” emails are sent out in large numbers in an attempt to trick people into divulging critical personal information. If someone replies to this attempt, the results would be sent to at least computers overseas, including one in Russia. That does not mean the Russian government was involved. A Clinton spokesperson will later say that there is no evidence Clinton ever opened the attachments. “All these emails show is that, like millions of other Americans, she received spam.” (CBS News, 9/30/2015)
A State Department official named Matthew Eussen sends an email to over two dozen other US officials about the latest violent developments between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Gaza. Two of the names sent the email will later be redacted, and the redaction code indicates those people secretly work for the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), NRO (National Reconnaissance Office), or NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency).
The next day, another State Department official, Thomas Goldberger, replies with more details, and this email is sent to the same group of US officials, including the two later redacted names. This email includes two and a half lines of text that will also be later redacted for containing secret information relating to the DIA, NRO, or NGA.
These emails get forwarded to Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, and Abedin then forwards them to Clinton. (US Department of State, 2/29/2016)
The rebel political leadership Transitional National Council (TNC) signs a memorandum of understanding with Osprey Global Solutions, the US company that Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal has partnered in. Osprey agrees to assist the Libyan rebels with training in intelligence, weaponry, and tactics. However, it is unclear if the training ever takes place, because the rebels lack money. (Gawker, 3/27/2015)
Clinton aide Jake Sullivan sends Clinton an email entitled “Rasmussen call.” Every word of his several lines of text will later be redacted. Then Clinton responds to him with three lines of text, which also will later be completely redacted. Although nothing is known about the content, other emails from the same day indicate that Clinton calls NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Clinton’s email to Sullivan will later be deemed “secret,” the middle level of classification. It also will be redacted in part due to the National Security Act of 1947, though why that is so remains unclear. (US Department of State, 1/29/2016) (US Department of State, 10/30/2015) NATO is in charge of the US-dominated bombing campaign in Libya at the time. (The Los Angeles Times, 10/21/2011)
Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal claims that the Libyan rebels are poised to win the civil war, but they are short on money and thus unable to provide humanitarian assistance in the areas they control. European countries are offering aid, but they want to tie it to future economic concessions, especially regarding Libya’s large oil industry.
Blumenthal then discusses how the Libyan rebels have signed an agreement with the US-based Osprey Security Group to provide emergency medical care and humanitarian assistance. He doesn’t mention that he is a business partner in Osprey. Mahmoud Jibril is the political head of the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC), and Blumenthal says that “Jibril’s advisors believe that the use of this American firm will not only allow the TNC to meet a pressing need, but will also serve to cement good relations with the US government and business community.”
Clinton sends two replies to Blumenthal the same day, but oddly, when both emails will be released by the State Department in 2016, they lack any heading or reply areas and are just exact copies of Blumenthal’s original email. (US Department of State, 1/7/2016) (US Department of State, 1/7/2016) (US Department of State, 1/7/2016)
Clinton’s private BlackBerry temporarily stops working, due to disruptions in the New York area following Hurricane Irene. Stephen Mull, the State Department’s executive secretary, emails Clinton’s top aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Patrick Kennedy about getting a government-issued BlackBerry linked to a government server for Clinton.
Mull writes, “We are working to provide the Secretary per her request a Department issued BlackBerry to replace personal unit, which is malfunctioning (possibly because of her personal email server is down.) We will prepare two versions for her to use – one with an operating State Department email account (which would mask her identity, but which would also be subject to FOIA requests), and another which would just have phone and Internet capability.”
Abedin responds, “Steve – let’s discuss the state BlackBerry. doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
It’s not clear why Abedin doesn’t like the idea, and Clinton will continue to use her private BlackBerry. But Mull’s mention of Clinton’s “personal email server” is proof that Mull, Abedin, Mills, and Kennedy had to be aware at least due to this email that Clinton in fact had a private email server, and yet they do nothing about it.
In February 2016, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan will cite that email when he says in court that it’s a legitimate question if some officials were helping Clinton to keep all of her emails out of reach of public records requests. He will comment, “We’re talking about a Cabinet-level official who was accommodated by the government for reasons unknown to the public. And I think that’s a fair statement: For reasons heretofore unknown to the public. And all the public can do is speculate. […] This is all about the public’s right to know.” (The Washington Post, 3/27/2016)
Clinton’s private BlackBerry temporarily stops working, due to disruptions in the New York area following Hurricane Irene, and some State Department officials are talking about what to do to fix the problem.
John Bentel, director of the department’s Information Resources Management (IRM) office, notes in an email sent to department official Monica Hanley that a government email address was set up for Clinton when she became secretary of state: SSHRC@state.gov. He points out, “you should be aware that any email would go through the Department’s infrastructure and subject to FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] searches.”
However, Clinton has never used the account, and she still chooses not to use it. Instead, this account is only used by Clinton’s staff to maintain an Outlook calendar.
Bentel notes there are some old emails associated with the account, but none since January 2011, and they could be deleted.
Hanley forwards the email to Clinton’s deputy secretary of state Huma Abedin, but if here’s any email reply from her or Clinton, it’s unknown. (US Department of State, 5/25/2016) (US Department of State, 6/20/2016)
She needs the new iPad because she doesn’t have electricity or BlackBerry coverage in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Blumenthal is a private citizen without a security clearance but also a close confidant of Clinton’s. The email is one of 15 between Clinton and Blumenthal that Clinton did not give to the State Department, but Blumenthal did. (The Associated Press, 6/25/2015)
Clinton began using an iPad in addition to her BlackBerry in 2010, including for work emails. (Hillaryclinton.com, 7/13/2015) Presumably, the iPad she uses in Paris and afterwards is not secured or approved by government security officials, just like her previous devices.