A reader writes to comment on part 16 of this series. I think that his (lightly edited) message may advance the analysis for readers following the saga of the Clinton private email server used for her official business as Secretary of State:
I am a retired Foreign Service Specialist who served as an Information Management Specialist. I worked on all Department communications systems. This whole thing with Hillary is proof that the DNC has completely destroyed the integrity of every government agency and politicized everything. Remember too that numerous Obama appointees have been caught at DoJ, the IRS and in the White House using private emails as well – this is a systemic problem from the top down; the government headed by Obama tried to shield its activities from FOIA, official systems and the American people. Nixon was a piker compared to this crew.
So now Hillary was using “private” BlackBerry phones [instead of] the Department’s official BlackBerry phones…The BlackBerrys used by the DoS reside on commercial BlackBerry networks, although the Department has its own servers. Those servers are regionally located for each of the five bureaus and Washington, D.C. Regional Information Management Centers (RIMCs) are where these systems reside.
In the final leg of my long career in government service, spanning a career with the Army, jobs with the EPA, VA, USMC/Navy, DoD-Army and the Department of State, I was a BlackBerry admin for the Department in South America and was an actual foreign service specialist doing information management work on all the systems Hillary (her team included) used. Many of us in the Department questioned why HRC22 was showing up in emails from the Secretary of State. We were told to drop it. In the Department of State those in management or supervisory positions frequently flout the rules for the rank and file employees; that is life in the Foreign Service.
At the Department of State, anyone who even leaves a classified document on his desk overnight is given a security violation; two or more mean reassignment to Washington, D.C., without a chance of promotion for five years. In the Department of Defense if an officer has a security violation, he rarely ever sees a promotion ever again and is forced out. The standard for a violation is not actual or accidental disclosure, but rather MISHANDLING of Classified information. To top it all off, nothing at the Department of State is classified below S-E-N-S-I-T-I-V-E-B-U-T-U-N-C-L-A-S-S-I-F-I-E-D and therefore not allowed on private systems or Gmail, Yahoo, Live Email addresses.
Hillary should be in jail, not roaming free, along with her entire entourage. However, in today’s DNC controlled America Hillary is the presidential contender to increase our vulnerabilities well into the future.
Will the nation survive? Should the DNC even have her as a candidate is the question I keep asking myself, but then with the complicity of the RNC (why I now support Trump because he will prosecute her) she is not only free but possibly will be the next president.
How can anyone ever again be prosecuted for mishandling classified information?
We know that the rules don’t apply to the Clintons, but it’s not a bad question.
RELATED: Richard Pollock’s Daily Caller report “Hillary faces national security establishment ‘uprising’ over emails.”.