Once Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s fake competition for the Democratic nomination, declared twice during televised debates that since the public was “sick of hearing” about Clinton’s stupid e-mails, most of the news media decided that it had permission to stop covering the issue. That serves the public interest badly, of course, since the public has a right to know whether a woman presuming to become President of the United States either 1) lied in to face of the public by stating outright that she never sent or received classified material on her illicit private e-mail server, 2) was unable to recognize what was obviously classified material, thus placing it at risk on an unsecured server, and/or 3) has the technological acumen of an Irish Setter. An old Irish Setter.
More than 1,200 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time at State have now been deemed classified, after the agency publicly released its eighth batch of the messages late Thursday.
On New Years Eve, the State Department released roughly 5,500 more containing more than 1,200 e-mails culled from the private account that Clinton exclusively used while Secretary of State. New Years Eve, when as few people would notice as possible. This kind of stunt has become expected from that most transparent of all administrations, as it routinely tries to bury bad news. There was bad news too:
1. One e-mail indicated that State Department staff members were inappropriately involved in a 2011 Clinton Global Initiative event. The 2011 message revealed that ten top State Department officials were planning to participate in the event, which was hosted jointly by the Clinton charity and Goldman Sachs. Clinton had sworn to Congress that her State Department activities would be strictly partitioned from the activities of the Clinton Foundation in every way, to prevent conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety. She lied.
2. An additional 275 messages have now upgraded to classified, bringing the total number of retroactively classified emails that moved through Clinton’s unsecured server to 1,274. Two of them were accorded the higher classification of top secret. After it became obvious that Clinton’s initial claim that no classified material was ever handled on the server, Hillary changed her statement to say that no messages marked as classified went through her server. This was an excuse for idiots. As many former officials and lawyer previously involved with official communications pointed out, many messages contain obviously classified material before they are marked as such, which is why it is important that they be kept secure. Moreover, as high ranking an official as Secretary of State is expected to be able to recognize likely classified materials and handle them properly, marked or not.
Thus we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Clinton endangered national security by knowingly storing and distributing classified material that she either knew was classified or should have known was classified. Her explanation that she didn’t know because the material wasn’t marked is designed to flummox the gullible and ignorant, and give reporters an excuse to go easy on her.
The e-mails prove that Clinton lied.
Simple as that.
But those of us who have not been Clinton-corrupted, have a modicum of knowledge about technology and an ounce of self-respect already knew that, didn’t we?