As U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was “contemptuous” toward security agents protecting her and “disregarded security and diplomatic protocols,” sometimes comprising the “safety of her staff and protection detail,” a security agent reportedly told the FBI.
The unnamed agent’s claims were included in pages of documents released by the FBI on Monday that related to its investigation into the Democratic nominee’s private email server. The agent was said to be responsible for protecting Clinton.
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The official said “agents were indignant that they were required to follow security policy but [Clinton] made herself exempt from the same regulations.” This was on display during a 2009 visit to Indonesia, where the agent said Clinton overrode security recommendations to stay out of potentially hostile areas in Jakarta.
Agents on the team felt Clinton’s behavior put the traveling party in “unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for ‘her election campaign,’” the document says.
“…[the DS advance team] recommended in writing that this excursion be stricken from the schedule but were told by DS management that it was going to happen because ‘she wanted it,’” the document says.
“It was also believed that [Clinton] disregarded security and diplomatic protocols, occasionally without regard for the safety of her staff and protection detail, in order to gain favorable press.”
The security agent also told the FBI that Clinton’s “poor treatment” of her security detail grew so “contemptuous” that many of them asked to be reassigned or sought out new positions.
Though protecting the secretary of state is considered a prestigious task, the agent claimed Clinton’s security detail toward the end of her tenure was full of younger and less experienced agents because “it was so difficult to find senior agents willing to work for her,” according to the FBI document.
Read all of the FBI’s Clinton documents here.