By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) China likely hacked 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s personal, unsecured email server but the FBI, when confronted with the evidence, seemed “indifferent” to the revelation.
What’s more, officials at the State Department, where she served as President Obama’s secretary of state, moved to shield her from scrutiny, according to interviews and other information, Fox News reported.
The FBI has long suspected that foreign powers were able to breach Clinton’s server, including China. And, of course, Obama knew that Clinton had a private server because he emailed her through it, meaning his communications with her may also have been compromised.
What’s new is that reports indicate intelligence community officials believed that senior FBI leaders “seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary” into Clinton’s non-government server, even as State Department officials worked to “downgrade classified material found on the server,” Senate investigators still looking into the matter noted.
Fox News stated:
The information was contained in a letter and interview transcripts sent Monday by the majority staff on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees to senior Senate Republicans including Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The letter also noted that “neither the committees nor the FBI were able to confirm whether an intrusion into the server occurred.”
The review began after two August 2018 news articles “alleged that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary Clinton’s nongovernment server and inserted code that forwarded nearly all of her emails to the foreign company,” the letter stated, citing an article in The Daily Caller, and a later piece by Fox News.
A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News at the time that the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents — including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok — of the development soon after it was discovered via the emails’ metadata in late 2015 or early 2016.
That source noted that the hack originated with a Chinese firm known to be tied to Chinese intelligence.
The Washington Examiner reported last year that the FBI believes, with 99-percent certainty, that Clinton’s email server was hacked by foreign powers. They just aren’t sure which foreign powers and how many of them managed to breach her poorly-secured device — or they aren’t saying.
In June 2018, The National Sentinel reported that China was likely one of those foreign powers. Even then-FBI Director James Comey, in his highly irregular July 2016 press conference, noted that the bureau had at least some evidence hacking had occurred:
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.
The Intelligence Community Inspector General found the Chinese hacking “pretty early in 2015,” said a former ICIG official.
“When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata — the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails — that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China,” the former intelligence officer told The Daily Caller.
Chinese espionage against the United States really began in earnest during Bill Clinton’s administration, The National Sentinel has documented.
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