The big story in right-wing media coverage is the security of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account and also whether there are any Benghazi-related e-mails.
The State Department requested all secretaries of state send in their documents in 2014, and Clinton and her lawyer team turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department last December.
The former Secretary of State has said she wants those e-mails released to the public. They will first be scrutinized by the State Department, a process which could take months, according to Reuters.
Let’s look at the security situation regarding the e-mails. Were her e-mails secure?
According to The Miami Herald:
“But at least one expert who looked at the scant public records available on the account – firstname.lastname@example.org – said the arrangement would have permitted private spam and virus filter company McAfee to access her emails if it wanted to.
“‘The email traces all end at McAfee,’ said Brian Reid, a cybersecurity expert with Internet Systems Consortium. ‘If nothing else, they have and had the technical ability to read her email. This does not mean they did, only that they could have.’
“Experts said they still need to know whether and how her email was encrypted, who administered and had access to the account, and whether there was an authentication process.
“And they cautioned against assuming the private system was automatically more risky than government email. The State Department system in November was forced to briefly shut down its entire unclassified email system after an apparent hacker attack.
“‘We can’t assume that her email account was any less secure than a State Department account,’ said Reid. ‘At the same time, it’s possible it was less secure. We need to know more to know for sure.’
“…Obama administration officials refused to provide much detail on Clinton’s email arrangement, deferring security and technical questions to her office, which would not comment.
“The separate legal and ethical aspects of the matter, however, came under fresh scrutiny. The congressional committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks announced a subpoena for all correspondence from the server to investigate conduct it said ‘raises significant issues for transparency.'”