From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.In sum, Comey explains that Hillary passed along classified information from one unauthorized, unsecured server to another at least 112 times, each instance constituting a criminal act irrespective of intention.
Regarding intention, she elected to use neither a government nor a commercial account but instead opted for a private server so as to avoid third-party archiving--that rigmarole being more convenient than the 30 seconds it takes to set up a gmail account, since it had nothing to do with secrecy, of course!
The tens of thousands of emails on Hillary Clinton's private server were not there because of simple negligence or carelessness on her part. They were intentionally kept on unsecured servers so that they could be effortlessly hacked by specific entities, foreign and domestic, who knew were to look. Those entities are the ones who've given tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and have paid six-figure speaking fees for Bill or Hillary to give half-hour prepared speeches.
It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see that Comey is confirming as much:
None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.Hidden from plain sight but totally accessible to those knowing where to look. What's so remarkable is how blatant this all is. It's almost as if they, the Cloud People, are humiliating we, the Dirt People, by rubbing our faces in it.
Parenthetically, that most of the emails were not designated as being classified doesn't mean they were not of use to the entities that were invited to hack them. A personal conversation with an ambassador or another cabinet member or, who knows, the president himself, provides plenty of value to various interested parties.
This naked corruption is orders of magnitude worse than the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration. It's worse than Benedict Arnold or the Rosenbergs. The DOJ, under pressure from the Obama administration, won't indict her for any of it, of course.
To the contrary, just a week after Bill Clinton officially inexplicably met with US attorney general Loretta Lynch and hours after the FBI officially inexplicably recommends no indictments be made, Hillary suggests she'll keep Lynch on as AG as president.
Comey on Hillary's gross dereliction of responsibility:
For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.After spending the majority of his time listing Hillary's incompetent and illegal behavior, Comey concludes by noting:
This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.If anyone else did this, it would result in "security or administrative sanctions". Meanwhile, Hillary is running for a position that will give her the highest level of security and administrative clearance in the entire country! Stultifyingly blatant.
Edward Snowden need no longer ponder why Comey, after explaining multiple reasons why Hillary should not only have been removed from her position as US secretary of state but also why she should be criminally prosecuted, didn't recommend the indictments:
We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.Too many people involved. The corruption runs too widely and too deeply.
I don't pretend to fully grasp the position Comey is in. He may, given his precarious circumstances, actually be acting laudably by exposing crooked Hillary as, well, crooked Hillary, while saving his skin--and the lives of those close to him--by officially recommending that nothing be done. It fits Trump's #RiggedSystem approach like a glove.
Perhaps the biggest whopper, straight from the Ministry of Truth, comes as Comey closes:
What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.And people think I'm a nut for advocating secession.