January 8th, 2016 • iizthatiiz
An email released in yesterdays document dump by the State Department clearly reveals that Hillary Clinton directed staff to circumvent security protocols to forward a classified document to her private home server.
The documents appear to concern classified negotiations with North Korea.
The chain of correspondence begins with an email dated June 16, 2011 from Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew J. Spence to Jake Sullivan, who was Clinton’s Chief of Staff while she was Secretary of State. The subject and the body of Spence’s email has been entirely redacted by the State Department, obviously indicating that the entire document is classified.
Sullivan forwards the email to Secretary Clinton telling her that she’ll receive talking points on the matter later that evening. Clinton complains to Sullivan the following morning at 7:52 AM that she has yet to receive the talking points.
Sullivan immediately investigates the delay, telling Clinton that “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax”, indicative again of the sensitivity of the subject matter.
Minutes later at 8:21 AM, Clinton instructs Sullivan to disregard security protocols and instead of faxing the document through the secure State Department system, to forward the document to her through email, saying “.. turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
There are no further emails from Sullivan until 10:25 AM, when a flurry of exchanges between Clinton and Sullivan begin, with all header information regarding subject, sender, and recipient removed. Exactly as Clinton instructed.
The 10:25 AM email from Sullivan to Clinton is entirely redacted with only the seemingly enigmatic subject line, “NK calls”.
Three minutes later, Sullivan follows up with an additional note, again entirely redacted.
Several additional messages ensue that morning between Clinton and Sullivan regarding these “NK calls”. It is no stretch to assume that “NK” refers to North Korea. Especially in light of the fact the Obama administration and Clinton’s State Department were involved at this time in negotiations to ease the North Korean food shortage.
Were the talking points that Clinton demanded be sent to her via unsecure email contained in these NK emails? While we have no way of knowing for sure, what we do know is that this NK email is the first email that Sullivan sent to Clinton shortly after she directly requested that the ‘talking points’ be transferred into a non-paper format and sent to her without employing proper State Department security protocols.
Additional proof that these talking points concerned negotiations with North Korea lies in a series of public statements made by Secretary Clinton regarding the negotiations on the North Korean food shortage just days after she received these documents. The timeline of these statements on U.S. policy towards North Korea aligns perfectly with the info gleaned from the emails.
By Stephen Kaufman | Staff Writer
June 24, 2011
Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States will base its decision on whether to provide North Korea with food assistance on the country’s relative needs and the ability to ensure that any assistance would reach the North Koreans who need it.
Speaking with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan in Washington June 24, Clinton said the Obama administration is “deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people,” of which 25 percent reportedly are in need of food aid.
The United States has had a long-standing position that its humanitarian assistance is “separated from political and security concerns,” Clinton said. “They are not considered in the same category at all.”
U.S. administrations have provided food aid to North Korea in the past, but the Obama administration has not yet come to a decision on whether to provide new assistance, the secretary said.
“North Korea must address our serious concerns about monitoring and outstanding issues related to North Korea’s suspension of previous food aid programs before we can consider any decision,” she said, and the decision “must be based on legitimate humanitarian needs, competing needs elsewhere around the world, and our ability to ensure and monitor that whatever food aid is provided actually reaches the people who are in need.”
She said the United States also remains “firmly committed” to the peaceful elimination of nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and is open to direct engagement with North Korea over the issue. But, Clinton added, “Pyongyang must improve its relations with the Republic of Korea.”
Both the United States and South Korea are committed to “work side by side to achieve lasting peace,” while enforcing sanctions that prevent the further development of North Korea’s nuclear program and its proliferation of nuclear materials, she said. (U.S. Embassy – Seoul, South Korea)
There seems to be little doubt that the talking points Hillary Clinton requested revolved around these classified negotiations between the U.S. government and North Korea.
It is also likely that it was no accident that the State Department violated court orders with an incomplete release of Clinton’s emails on December 30th. By separating the emails regarding North Korea which were released on the 30th from the emails showing Clinton’s request for the ‘talking points’ (which were released yesterday), one can easily conclude that the State Department hoped to prevent those scouring through Clinton’s emails from making the connections in this chain of events. Although all of these emails occurred over a very short period of time, the release of all of the emails regarding the talking points was made separately from all of the emails identifying North Korea as the topic of the talking points.
Insisting that these talking points be transmitted in a non-secure manner exposed the United States to a potential security breach that could have weakened the U.S. negotiating position if the North Koreans became prematurely aware of the policies under consideration by the U.S. government.
Clinton’s instructions to Sullivan to bypass the State Departments secure fax system is ‘smoking gun’ proof that the Secretary was complicit in the transmission of classified documents to her non-secure private email server.
Whispers this week out of D.C. that the continuing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a unapproved insecure email server will likely conclude with a recommendation for indictment. It is no coincidence that these revelations from last nights email dump are concurrent with these rumors.
The only remaining question seems to be just how soon the FBI will wrap up it’s investigation.