Judicial Watch Cites New Evidence Clinton Knowingly Used Unsecure Device After Being Warned

By Gage Cohen | June 9, 2017 | 11:01am EDT
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan in Ankara on March 7, 2009. (State Department photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch on Thursday submitted new evidence to a U.S. District Court showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an unsecure Blackberry phone after being warned of the risk of doing so by “security hawks.”

The newly released Clinton email was sent to Susan Kennedy, the chief of staff to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On March 7, 2009, Kennedy wrote to newly minted Secretary of State Clinton: “Just in case you are still allowed to carry your blackberry, your friends are watching with great pride.”

Clinton responded the following day: “Against the advice of the security hawks, I still do carry my berry but am prohibited from using it in my office, where I spend most of my time when I’m not on a plane or in a ‘no coverage’ country.”

(According to the State Department, Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while visiting Geneva, Switzerland March 6–7, 2009. She traveled to Turkey on later on March 7, the final stop of her overseas tour.)

Judicial Watch said the email exchange confirms that Hillary Clinton “reviewed or was at least informed about a March 6, 2009, Information Memo from Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell to Ms. Mills.”

The memo stated that Boswell “cannot stress too strongly…that any unclassified BlackBerry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving email, and exploiting calendars.’”

Judicial Watch obtained the email after filing a FOIA lawsuit to obtain “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-state.gov email address.”

The discovery of this new email brings the total number of emails not turned over to the FBI by Clinton to 433. At the beginning of the FBI’s investigation, she submitted 55,000 pages of emails.

“Mrs. Clinton seemingly ignored the advice of ‘security hawks’ and violated numerous laws related to the handling of classified material and government documents,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The State Department sat on this document for 18 months.  It is a smoking gun that shows why she must held accountable under criminal and civil law.”

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