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When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to use a private email server to conduct her official business, she not only compromised her own communications, but that of the entire Department of State.
Messages coming from Clinton’s private server created glitches, forcing State Department staffers to temporarily disable the agency’s own security features for weeks in December of 2010, The Associated Press reported.
The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s service as the nation’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton’s private server.
Both Clinton and Clinton deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin used the private server to send and receive messages, and complained of delivery problems.
“This should trump all other activities,” a senior technical official, Ken LaVolpe, told IT employees in a Dec. 17, 2010, email.
The solution to the problem should have been obvious — to use the State Department’s own messaging system to handle official traffic. But that would have meant relinquishing all control over the secretary’s emails — something Clinton was apparently loathe to do.
When technical staffers were eventually able to re-engage some the system’s security features, senior State Department official Thomas W. Lawrence said in an email that “We view this as a Band-Aid and fear it’s not 100 percent fully effective.”
The emails mentioning the technical problems were released Wednesday under court order to the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Clinton has maintained all along that her communications have never been compromised.
However, Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that Wikileaks head Julian Assange announced plans to release Clinton emails within weeks, which would indicate her system had been breached.
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