A Chinese company was able to hack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal email server so that it received "nearly all" communications she sent and received, sources have told The Daily Caller.
The company allegedly sought the emails as a part of an intelligence operation, and was able to manipulate the server so that the company received a "courtesy copy" of Clinton's email communications in real time throughout her term as secretary of state.
“When [the Intelligence Community Inspector General] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata — the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails — that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China,” said a former intelligence officer with knowledge of the situation.
The intelligence officer did not give the name of the Chinese company, telling The Daily Caller he was not authorized to speak on the record about it, but the company reportedly operates in "Washington's northern Virginia suburbs."
Signs of trouble early?
It may have already been known that Chinese hackers had gotten Clinton's emails, based on a July comment by Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), who said the Inspector General had determined the emails had been sent to an unspecified "foreign entity."
Officials from the Inspector General's office allegedly warned FBI officials, including the now-fired Peter Strzok, about Chinese hacking.
What does the FBI say?
The FBI fully denies that The Daily Caller's report is accurate, saying in a statement to the media that "The FBI has not found any evidence the (Clinton) servers were compromised."
A Justice Department report issued in June stated that there was no evidence of foreign intrusion on Clinton's server, although an official admitted there was no way of being 100 percent sure, and that sophisticated hackers could have covered their trail, according to NBC News.
Trump jumps on the story
President Donald Trump, shortly after the publication of the Daily Caller story, took to Twitter to address the alleged Chinese hacking.
Despite tweeting about allegations made in an anonymously sourced story, Trump tweeted later on that anonymous sources were a sign of fake news.