Newly released emails obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal that Hillary Clinton knew that communicating over her private BlackBerry presented security risks:
Judicial Watch released nearly 300 pages of State Department records on Thursday, including an email that showed Clinton acknowledging security restrictions on her BlackBerry use and another in which Clinton declined to use a secure line to talk to an aide.
In a Feb. 27, 2009, email from Clinton to Dr. Mark Hyman, a health care advocate, the secretary of state told him that she had not replied to a prior email because she was not allowed to use her BlackBerry in her State Department office.
“I’m so sorry but I’m just seeing this (no blackberry contact permitted in my office),” wrote Clinton.
Unsecured cell phone use is not permitted in certain areas of the State Department where classified information is discussed, including Clinton’s office on “Mahogany Row.” Clinton reportedly continued to use her unsecured BlackBerry after she started at the State Department in early 2009, while her aides unsuccessfully lobbied to get her a secure BlackBerry-like device.
In another Feb. 22, 2009, email, State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills told Clinton she was having trouble reaching her over a secure phone line.
“I just tried [your secure line] but only got a long high-pitched whining sound,” Mills wrote.
“I give up,” replied Clinton. “Call me on my home #.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement that, “This drip, drip of new Clinton emails show Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications.”
Another thing: Clinton has said she didn’t began using a private server until March 2009, and the earliest email she turned over to the State Department was from March 18, 2009. However, the release from Judicial Watch includes emails from January 2009.
The lies and evidence just keep piling up.