Hillary Clinton asked NSA for secure phone for email when she first took office, was turned down
One day after the FBI Director criticized Hillary Clinton for her use of email while Secretary of State, even as he made clear that no charges would be appropriate, it’s now coming to light that Clinton actually went to great effort to obtain more secure email devices but was turned down by other agencies. Weeks after being sworn in at State, she asked the NSA for a secure smartphone upon which she could conducted her email, but the request was repeatedly denied.
Oddly enough, evidence of Hillary Clinton’s great effort at acquiring a secure government smartphone was unwittingly uncovered when Judicial Watch, a right wing entity whose primary purpose has been to keep democrats tied up in frivolous lawsuits so they can’t govern, sued to force her emails to be publicly released. Among them is the February 2009 exchange in which Hillary Clinton’s office requested a secure BlackBerry similar to the one that had been provided to President Obama – but her requests were repeatedly declined.
After the NSA turned down her request for a secure smartphone for email, and her staff determined that the existing State Department technology infrastructure was nonexistent for such tasks, Clinton ultimately decided to get down to work by installing her own fully functional email server and tying it into her own BlackBerry for email.
This paints an entirely different picture than the supposedly “careless” behavior alleged by the FBI Director. Instead, Hillary Clinton immediately tried to go through official channels to get her hands on official government technology that would allow her communicate effectively via email, and after being railroaded in those efforts, only turned to setting up her own system out of professional necessity.
his calls into further question whether the FBI Director was out of bounds when he offered his scathing personal critique of Hillary Clinton’s email usage even while admitting that he had absolutely nothing to charge her over. Either he lacked an accurate picture of the circumstances under which she was forced to rely on her own email server, or he ignored them while trying to send a political message. CBS News has more on Hillary’s attempt at securing agovernment smartphone.