A Hillary Clinton email has just emerged that is so ironic–and tragic–it’s obvious why she deleted it, never wanting it to see the light of day.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request to access the emails that the FBI recovered from the notorious 30,000-plus cache which Mrs. Clinton and her staff deleted after being ordered by Congress to save them. The FBI was able to recover all or part of 15,000 of them.
In emails sent one week after becoming Secretary of State, using her private email and server, Mrs. Clinton admitted to CentCom Commander, Army General David Petraeus that she knew using her private BlackBerry phone wasn’t secure:
Mrs. Clinton said in the emails she was suffering from “blackberry blues” because she was told not to use her phone because it wasn’t secure:
“David – Sorry to be so tardy in responding. I’ve had blackberry blues. I can’t use mine all day long since my whole office is a SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility]. I don’t yet have a computer and I had to change my address and lost some of my traffic.”
In another email, Mrs. Clinton told the man overseeing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to use her personal email:
The new Secretary of State told the general:
“Thanks for giving me so much of your time the last two nights. I appreciated our conversations and enjoyed the chance to see you and Richard becoming acquainted. I’m looking forward to working w you both. If there is ever anything you need or want me to know, pls use this personal email address. All the best, Hillary.”
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch says these emails, contrasted with the responses by Mrs. Clinton and her lawyers to questions about her email devices, showed three basic things:
“These new emails show the truth that the separate email system was never a matter of ‘convenience’ for Mrs. Clinton. She wanted to hide her emails from the American people.
It’s now clear why she deleted or withheld so many and why Mrs. Clinton didn’t recall or declined to answer questions about her email security. And her request to Petraeus while he was the Commander of the United States Central Command to communicate with her solely at her unsecure email address shows Hillary Clinton’s willful negligence in handling national defense information.”
Judicial Watch has reported that emails showed that Mrs. Clinton was briefed on using secure communication only and yet continued to use her private email and devices:
“If the State Department was not providing secure email devices to Mrs. Clinton, who was? Best Buy? Target? Mrs. Clinton clearly did whatever she wanted, without regard to national security or federal records keeping laws.”
The irony is that General Petraeus was busted for divulging classified information. The tragedy is that he lost his job over it.
Clinton has not yet publicly responded to this latest email revelations.