Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Clinton Demanded Secure BlackBerry, NSA Said No, She Started Using Unsecure One

A cop would call this “motive.” The month after NSA denied Clinton a secure Blackberry, she started using an unsecure one to read her classified messages.

Newly released emails show a 2009 request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the National Security Agency.

Clinton’s desire for a secure Blackberry, like that provided to Obama, is recounted in a series of February 2009 exchanges between high-level officials at the State Department and NSA. Clinton was sworn in as secretary the prior month, and had become enamoured with reading and answering emails on a Blackberry.

“We began examining options for Secretary Clinton with respect to secure ‘Blackberry-like’ communications,” wrote Donald R. Reid, the department’s assistant director for security infrastructure. “The current state of the art is not too user friendly, has no infrastructure at State, and is very expensive.” Reid added each time they asked NSA what solution they had worked up to provide a mobile device to Obama, “we were politely told to shut up.”

Resolving the issue was given such priority as to result in a face-to-face meeting between Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, seven senior State Department staffers with five NSA security experts.

Standard smartphones are not allowed into areas designated as approved for the handling of classified information, such as the block of offices used by senior State Department officials. Mills also asked about waivers provided during the Bush administration to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her staff to use Blackberries in their secure offices. But the NSA had phased out such waivers due to security concerns.

The department’s NSA liaison expressed concerns about security vulnerabilities inherent with using Blackberry devices for secure communications or in secure areas. However, the specific reasons Clinton’s requests were rebuffed are being kept secret by the State Department.

The following month, in March 2009, Clinton began using her private email accounts and her own unsecure Blackberry.

It sure smells like once she was denied the communication she wanted by the NSA, Clinton just went ahead and set up her own (unsecure) system. She will not be denied.