by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2018
A Chinese-owned company hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server and embedded a code that enabled it to view nearly all of her emails, a report said.
The Chinese firm, which was operating in the Washington, D.C. area as a “front” for the Chinese government, obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through the personal server kept at her residence in upstate New York, two sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation and persisted throughout Clinton’s term as secretary of state, the report said.
The embedded code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of Clinton’s emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.
The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia.
Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, warned the FBI of the Chinese intrusion, the Daily Caller reported, citing a former intelligence officer who was briefed on the matter.
Among those FBI officials was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Strzok did not act on the information the ICIG provided him, according to Gohmert.
Gohmert mentioned in the Judiciary Committee hearing that ICIG officials told Strzok and three other top FBI officials that they found an “anomaly” on Clinton’s server.
The former intelligence officer told the Daily Caller the ICIG “discovered the anomaly pretty early in 2015.”
“When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata – the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails – that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China,” the former intelligence officer told the Daily Caller.
“The [the ICIG] believe that there was some level of phishing. But once they got into the server something was embedded,” he said. “The Chinese are notorious for embedding little surprises like this.”
The intelligence officer declined to name the Chinese company.
“We do know the name of the company. There are indications there are other ‘cutouts’ that were involved. I would be in a lot of trouble if I gave you the name,” the intelligence officer told the Daily Caller.
London Center for Policy Research’s vice president of operations, retired Col. Anthony Shaffer, told the Daily Caller that Clinton’s server was vulnerable to hacking.
“Look, there’s evidence based on the complete lack of security hygiene on the server. Fourteen-year-old hackers from Canada could have probably hacked into her server and left very little trace,” Shaffer said. “Any sophisticated organization is going to be able to essentially get in and then clean up their presence.”