Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s e-mails were hacked by China. NBC published a report today saying that this was inaccurate. This is evidence that NBC realizes it is a really big deal if it is true.
The facts are this. An FBI official said the FBI had not found any evidence that the (Clinton) servers were compromised. That is true, the FBI didn’t find squat. However, it is important to read exactly what James Comey previously said about this:
“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 email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account … She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails 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 email account.”
In other words the FBI admitted the FBI could not find evidence that her servers were hacked. It ignored the inconvenient fact that the ICIG had told the FBI, long ago, that they found exactly such evidence.
There is an e-mail to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, sent by FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano on July 21, 2015:
On 13 July 2015 and 20 July 2015, I verbally advised you of a Section 811(c) referral from the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community received by the FBI on 06 July 2015. The referral addressed the mishandling of classified information on the personal e-mail account and electronic media of a former high-level U.S. Government official.”
An 811 referral is used to inform the FBI that classified information was potentially released to a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power.
No action was taken by the FBI.
The fact that NBC ran this story, with little or no attempt to obtain the actual facts is not just another example of fake news. It is evidence of a continued desperation to cover-up the increasingly documented misdeeds of Hillary Clinton. And, in this case, it is an admission that if these allegations are in fact true, Hillary did serious damage to our national security.