As if she needed more bad news, a former Obama administration secretary of defense made a devastating assessment concerning Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Robert Gates, who served in the same capacity under George W. Bush, said, “I think the odds are pretty high” that countries hostile to the interests of the United States hacked into the former secretary of state’s private email server.
He based his assessment on “the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that it gets attacked about a hundred thousand times a day,” he said to conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday.
Hewitt noted that “the intelligence community’s inspector general has said there was a lot of very highly classified information on her server,” and asked if that was something of concern.
“Yeah, that’s a concern for me. I never used email when I was head of CIA or head of the Department of Defense,” Gates said.
“As I used to joke, I didn’t want to have some chief of station overseas email me and say he was going to do something if I didn’t get back to him in three hours, and I would get back from a five hour hearing to discover I was two hours too late. I preferred dealing with people face to face and putting a signature on a piece of paper on matters of real national security and importance.”
Earlier in the week, intelligence Inspector General Charles McCullough reported that Clinton’s private server contained classified information higher than Top Secret, described as “the crown jewels of the American intelligence community,” by former CIA agent Charles Faddis.
In response, Clinton’s press secretary accused McCullough, a non-partisan, independent Obama appointee, of colluding with Republicans to damage her presidential run.
Listen to the interview via “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
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