While Hillary Clinton would love to dismiss her email scandal as no big deal, a new report puts her carelessness at the root of something that had crippled CIA operations abroad.
From 2010 to 2012, the Chinese government was able to identify and imprison or kill as many as 20 CIA agents. And according to a new report by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the Chinese government had also successfully hacked the then-Secretary of State’s private email server and got their hands on “nearly all her emails.”
Trump tweeted in response:
Report just out: “China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.” Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Crippled Spy Operations
Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
As part of the hacking, code was embedded in Clinton’s server at her home in New York that created and forwarded copies of most of her emails.
This meant the Chinese government was receiving her emails in real time, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The New York Times report on the CIA spy deaths offered several different possibilities as to how the Chinese were able to identify U.S. spies.
Some pointed to a possible Chinese spy within the organization itself.
Others considered the possibility that the CIA’s communication system was hacked.
And, of course, there is now the thought Hillary’s hacked emails were giving the Chinese all the information they needed to target the spies.
Year of the Spy II
In 1985, eight major agents were arrested for espionage against the United States.
While 1984 actually saw more arrests, 1985 was considered The Year of the Spy due to the high profiles of many of these agents.
This particular instance, though, is more reminiscent of the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen arrests.
The information given up by Ames and Hanssen set U.S. spying efforts back decades. It is believed hundreds of agents were killed due to the information these two handed over to the Russians.
According to the Times, the Chinese murdered one suspected spy right in front of a government building to send a message to anyone else working for the U.S. government against the Chinese.
If the report is true and Hillary is tied to these leaks, there is little doubt in anyone’s eyes she needs to answer for her security breach.