It’s not the hot topic it was before the election, but Hillary Clinton’s emails are still being released to the public, and they continue to show how careless she and her team were when exchanging digital messages.
The State Department published a new set of emails on their website this week which show Clinton and her close associates conversing freely about her schedule as Secretary of State, disclosing her iPad password, and discussing various sensitive issues over her unsecured private server.
From Fox News:
In an Aug. 20, 2012 conversation, Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, told her boss she had the iPad password reset. The device had previously given Clinton problems, though Abedin wrote that it’s “all good now.”
At the top of the message, Abedin typed out the entirety of the new password, which was redacted on the State Department release. Clinton responded later with even more information, noting that “I finally realized I had to add the [redacted] to the password!!!!”
This isn’t your ordinary, everyday kind of carelessness. This is an intentional blindness to cybersecurity that would be distressing even if we were talking about the owner of a small retail store. It’s pathetic and frightening coming from a woman who used to be the nation’s top foreign policy official…and who came within a hair’s breadth of being president of the United States.
If this was the attitude towards digital security at the Democratic National Committee, it’s no wonder they got hacked. Who needs a team of Russian spies? It’s a miracle that our nation’s top secret information isn’t sitting on the desk of every leader in the world. Assuming, of course, that it isn’t.
Elsewhere in the emails, there’s an interesting exchange regarding the Sultan of Brunei. Huma Abedin sent Hillary a message saying that the sultan – who later declared Sharia Law in his country – wanted to sit down with her and her husband.
“They say sultan sees wjc [William Jefferson Clinton] as part of his family and thus is treating you in this ‘informal’ way,” she wrote.
When Islamists are referring to you as “part of the family,” then maybe email security isn’t the biggest reason you’re unfit to be in the White House.
With the press out there every day trying to convince America that Donald Trump is the worst thing that ever happened to the country, it’s good to remind ourselves of the bullet we just dodged. Trump can be the worst Republican president in history, and we’ll still feel a sense of relief when we take a step back and realize how much worse it could have been.