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2015-09-23 10:15 by Karl Denninger
in Musings , 325 references Ignore this thread
Incompetence Abounds

And here we go...

The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.

There are two problems with this.  The first is the obvious one: Hillary may be cooked.

But the second is far more-serious.  If there was classified data on that server (and it appears there was) then the destruction procedures mandated for such devices were not followed.  It therefore has to be assumed that said data has been compromised.

How serious is this?  We don't know.  But it's very serious for "ordinary people" who do something like this -- you can face prosecution for it and will almost-certainly be stripped of your security clearance -- which would make for an interesting conundrum should she win as President, eh?

It's complicated by the fact that I don't believe there is anything that can be done should someone who would ordinarily be incapable of holding a clearance win the office.  By definition the President has to have access to Top Secret material; what do we do if someone who can't be trusted to keep it secret, as demonstrated by their own prior actions, wins such an election?

We may as well ship all our secrets direct to both China and Putin, eh?  Nice...