How cavalier was Hillary Clinton in handling our nation’s classified information? So cavalier that she routinely forwarded emails to her maid, Marina Santos, to print out for her:
Clinton entrusted far more than the care of her DC residence, known as Whitehaven, to Santos. She expected the Filipino immigrant to handle state secrets, further opening the Democratic presidential nominee to criticism that she played fast and loose with national security.
Clinton would first receive highly sensitive emails from top aides at the State Department and then request that they, in turn, forward the messages and any attached documents to Santos to print out for her at the home.
The FBI found evidence that Santos — who does not have any sort of security clearance — handled at least two classified emails:
In a classified 2012 email dealing with the new president of Malawi, another Clinton aide, Monica Hanley, advised Clinton, “We can ask Marina to print this.”
“Revisions to the Iran points” was the subject line of a classified April 2012 email to Clinton from Hanley. In it, the text reads, “Marina is trying to print for you.”
Both classified emails were marked “confidential,” the tier below “secret” or “top secret.”
Additionally, Santos had access to an SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) room that diplomatic security agents set up at Clinton’s home. According to FBI notes, Clinton periodically received the Presidential Daily Brief — a top-secret document prepared by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies — via the SCIF fax machine.
In fact, Clinton relied so frequently on Santos that she could know the whereabouts of a missing Apple MacBook laptop and USB drive that contain all of Clinton’s archived emails from her time at the State Department. Yet, the FBI did not formally interview Santos and seemingly has no plans to do so.
It sure pays having the administration in your back pocket.