COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 6, 2016 — The Clinton email investigation and the presidential election season are playing out like car crashes. It’s all so gruesome, it’s hard to look away.
Two issues have been avoided in the national spectacle of the House Government Oversight hearings today into the Hillary Clinton email matter.
The first issue is that with the virtually guaranteed hacking of government officials’ personal computers by private individuals and by enemy governments, no one in an official capacity has yet spelled out what the full ramifications of Hillary’s almost-certainly-hacked email might be.
Congressman William Ballard “Will” Hurd, R-Texas, came closest today when he recounted seeing fellow CIA officers put in harm’s way due to similar security lapses.
Hurd knows a thing or two about protecting foreign assets. He worked for the CIA for nine years, stationed in Washington and as an operations officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. He speaks Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, where Hurd worked undercover.
What’s not being discussed openly are the many foreign nationals in enemy countries who regularly and covertly assist America at great and constant danger to themselves and their families. It is not a stretch to imagine what those enemy governments would do to our foreign assets if their names were ever made known to them. Death, certainly; torture, probably. Family killings, also probably.
We don’t know what was in the classified emails on Clinton’s server, but it is well within the realm of possibility that information in them could have exposed foreign assets. How many of these brave men and women died for the sake of Clinton’s “convenience”?
We’ll never know. Intelligence agencies can’t talk about them. But even speculation would have been off the table but for Queen Hillary.
The second issue involves FBI Director Comey’s assertion that there is no proof that Hillary’s emails were ever hacked.
Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar claimed that he easily breached Hillary Clinton’s email server. He pleaded guilty in a federal court to two counts of computer hacking charges as part of a deal with the Justice Department.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, Lazar, also known as “Guccifer,” agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in the future. He pleaded guilty to the unauthorized access of a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, counts tied to his illegal intrusion into systems belonging to former U.S. government officials, including former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
He told Fox News that he easily and repeatedly breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.
“For me it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” he said. He provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.
(Note: FBI Director James Comey told congressional questioners today that Guccifer admitted that his claim to have accessed Clinton’s server was a lie. Comey did confirm that Guccifer accessed Blumenthal’s mail, however.)
Under the government deal, Lazar faces seven years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
On Monday, WikiLeaks released a link to a search aggregate of 1,258 emails that Clinton wrote or received discussing U.S. engagement in Iraq while she headed the State Department. The Iraq War email bundle is part of a trove of Clinton’s correspondence that was released by the State Department in February, under the Freedom of Information Act.
What we seem to have in Washington is the Court of St. James. There are rogues and scoundrels. There are posers and sycophants. There are rewards for pleasing the king.
Lois Lerner, the former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, who targeted groups having “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, was allowed to retire with all her benefits. The IRS was forced to apologize for actions committed on her watch.
Which beach is she lounging on now, retirement account well in hand?
It is no wonder that plain-spoken New Yorkers in the persons of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have come along, pooper-scoopers in hand. It is no wonder that the media are no longer believed, or that faith in the people’s house is at an all-time low.
Government officials and their media sycophants have laughed in our faces for too long now. New media and technologies let us sometimes see crimes being committed almost in real time, right before our eyes, yet people like Clinton continue to deny, deny, deny. They ask, “Who are you going to believe? Us, or your lying eyes?”
Last week and this week saw a chain of unlikely events unfold: a spontaneous visit by former president Bill Clinton with his wife’s potential prosecutor to discuss their grandchildren and their golf games for a half hour on an airport tarmac in Arizona; an interview of Hillary Clinton the following Saturday in Washington by the Justice Department’s FBI agents; President Obama’s confident invitation to the possible federal felon to join him aboard Air Force One for a campaign stop; the immediate clearing of her name.
None of the events of this past week are related. Of course not. The world is nothing if not a collection of extraordinary coincidences.
As we know from the earlier Clinton scandals, it’s all a matter of “what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” or perhaps now it’s the meaning of “intent.”
Move along, folks. There’s still nothing to see here. Let the authorities clean up the mess, investigate the incident, and issue the names of the deceased in the next day’s local paper.