John Podesta wrote a piece about how the FBI is deeply broken in the United States. He faulted the FBI for failure to alert anyone in a rapid manner about DNC systems being compromised.
As the former chair of the Clinton campaign and a direct target of Russian hacking, I understand just how serious this is. So I was surprised to read in the New York Times that when the FBI discovered the Russian attack in September 2015, it failed to send even a single agent to warn senior Democratic National Committee officials.
Before John Podesta and associates began to blame the FBI and others for being “hacked” and taking no action, they bickered amongst themselves about possible leaks:
On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 12:02 PM, Jennifer Palmieri < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am telling you right now that if there is any hint of trust issues with
me, I am not taking this job. See below email from Philippe saying the leaks are creating “trust issues” for HRC.
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From: Jennifer Palmieri <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: Guidance Please
To: Philippe Reines <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Nick Merrill <email@example.com>, Kristina Schake < firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kamyl Bazbaz <email@example.com>, Craig Minassian mmedia <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matt McKenna < email@example.com>
If you are asking if I talked to any press or anyone outside of our internal team about our plans, I have not.
l have a 20 year reputation of not leaking and not starting now.
I have not even spoken to anyone at the White House about this.
In fact, I have removed myself from WH discussions about emails. Think that is cleaner for both sides. Told Eric he should call Philippe to help with prepping Josh.
They did not take appropriate security measures:
TheDC was able to determine which emails Clinton sent during overseas trips by comparing the emails released by the State Department to her travel schedule. Politico conducted a similar analysis last March, using press photos to determine when and where Clinton was using her BlackBerry overseas.
The State Department has released Clinton’s 52,000-plus pages of emails since then, allowing for a better cross-reference of her email activities with her overseas travels.
Most — if not all — of Clinton’s emails were sent from her personal BlackBerry. Clinton has said that she used a personal email account — and, thus, a personal BlackBerry — so that she would not have to carry around two devices. The State Department did not have the capability during Clinton’s tenure to fix BlackBerries with both types of email accounts.
The personal BlackBerry that Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state was likely much less secure than the State Department-issued devices used by her staff and subordinates, according to knowledgeable former officials and executives.
And the security risks were magnified because Clinton used her personal BlackBerry on travel in foreign countries where State Department employees are routinely cautioned about the use of mobile devices.
“I did, I did,” Clinton said. “As I said, it was allowed and there was no hiding it. It was totally above board. Everybody in the government I communicated, and that was a lot of people, knew I was using a personal email. But I’m sorry that it has, you know, raised all of these questions. I do take responsibility for having made what is clearly not the best decision.”
The 78-page investigation by the inspector general of the state department singled out several previously unknown breaches by Clinton while she was secretary of state, including the use of mobile devices to conduct official business without checking whether they posed a security risk.
John Podesta lost his phone in a cab:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief probably handed access to his personal email account to hackers in March, a security research firm said Thursday, by complying with instructions they sent asking him to change his password.
The link was clicked twice after its delivery to Podesta’s Gmail account, researchers told Motherboard, probably by Podesta. It led to a website controlled by the hackers that looked like Google’s password reset site and that asked Podesta to change his password.
John Podesta used the hardest password known to mankind:
John Podesta received emails from consultants that used unsecured public wifi:
John Podesta and associates blamed everyone for the “hacks” instead of themselves. Maybe if Hillary Clinton never had a private email server in her basement, and followed security protocols while traveling as Secretary of State, they would not be blaming the Russians.
Loretta Lynch: We Didn’t See Any “Technical Interference” From Russia In The Election – RealClear Politics:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at an event with Politico’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman Thursday morning. there, she was asked about reports that Russian hackers could have impacted the results of the 2016 election. Lynch said that there was no evidence that Russian hackers breached the integrity of the U.S. election system.
“Fortunately we didn’t see the sort of technical interference that I know people had concerns about, also, in terms of voting machines and the like,” Lynch said.