In a recent interview with Fox News, two State Department contractors, who have decades of experience protecting U.S. intelligence, explained in detail how Hillary Clinton and her team of advisers ignored security rules during her tenure as secretary of state.
Dave Whitnah, who worked within the State Department's Office of Security Technology, which is responsible for alarms, cameras and sweeping areas for listening bugs, said the No. 1 target for foreign intelligence officials is the State Department and the secretary of state. That, however, didn't faze Clinton or her team.
"The State Department was her oyster and it was great for the [Clinton] foundation and great for the Clintons to be able to have such a great position," Whitnah told Fox.
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Whitnah emphasized that tens of millions of dollars were spent on technical security for Clinton that apparently was disregarded as her team traveled around the world on official U.S. government business.
"It was unfathomable that [her BlackBerry] would be used for anything other than just unclassified communication," Whitnah said. Clinton’s devices were not certified as secure by the State Department. As for her use of a non-secure BlackBerry, Whitnah stressed that email can be intercepted and, “even if turned off, it’s still a listening device so that’s why you take out the batteries.”
The other agent who spoke with Fox, Amel Smith, worked as a counter-intelligence and counter-espionage investigator. He stated that, despite Clinton's claims that she was unclear about rules regarding classified information, every person who receives a security clearance is first made clear on the rules.
And he would know — he helped write the rules.
"I hear things like, well, I forgot, um, I don't know that I was trained, I don't know this. You know — every single person that had access to that information when it was sent is in violation," Smith said.
On Sunday, the New York Post reported that the maid in Clinton's Washington, D.C., residence had access to the built-in SCIF — which is a secured facility for classified information — despite not having a security clearance. That, Smith said, was an automatic compromise of security.
"If you've got an uncleared person in there, it's automatically a compromise," he told Fox.
Responding to the fact that Clinton's private email server had classified information — as confirmed by FBI Director James Comey — Smith said any classified information outside of a secure venue is a violation of the law.
"Whether it's the private email server, whether it's this private laptop. If there's classified — one document on there — that's classified, it's a violation. Somebody violated [the] law," he said. "Throw all the politics out the window, what we're talking about is the defense of this nation."