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Hillary Won’t Admit Her Private Server was Vulnerable to Hackers

Dismisses 'baseless charges' about server's security

• September 17, 2015 5:40 pm

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Hillary Clinton dodged a question about the security of her controversial email server on Wednesday.

Clinton was asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer if it was possible, as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has claimed, that Clinton may have compromised state secrets by using a private email while working as Secretary of State.

"He says Russians, Chinese, even 18-year-olds could have hacked into your server. Do you think that was possible that they hacked into your server?" Blitzer asked.

"There's no evidence of that," Clinton said, avoiding the question posed to her by Blitzer.

Clinton dismissed criticism of her email as so much "baseless rhetoric" from her partisan opponents—although her server is under investigation by a presumably non-partisan "A Team" from the FBI.

There is no hard evidence that the top secret information contained on Clinton's server was stolen by foreign intelligence services or clever teenagers. To Blitzer's question, however, it is well-documented that Clinton's server was vulnerable to hacking.

WIRED magazine called Clinton's server a "security fail" because it lacked the protection of the federal government's classified email system; Clinton's server also lacked "basic precautions" that many civilian servers use to harden themselves against hacking. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, told Fox's Megyn Kelly that is is "likely" foreign spies compromised her email server.

 

Transcript below.

WOLF BLITZER: All right. Let's talk about another source of criticism you received last night. This one from the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He said at the debate you can't tell the American people the truth. Those are his words about your email, the whole controversy, he says you should be prosecuted for having a server in your basement he says with national security secrets running through it. He says Russians, Chinese, even 18-year-olds could have hacked into your server. Do you think that was possible that they hacked into your server?

HILLARY CLINTON: There's no evidence of that. Again, this is overheated rhetoric—baseless charges trying to somehow, you know, gain a footing in the debate and in the primary. And it really doesn't deserve any comment.

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