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Tag: secretary of state

Georgia’s Secretary of State Accuses Homeland Security of Attempted Hack

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Georgia’s secretary of state alleges Homeland Security tried to illegally hack the state’s computer network that contains the voter registration database.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claims in a letter to Homeland Security that his office discovered that a DHS Internet address tried to breach the computer system, the Hill reports.

The system also contains personal information of more than 6.5 million residents, 800,000 corporate entities and 500,000 licensed or registered professional.

“On November 15, 2016, an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security made an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall,” Kemp wrote. “I am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach our firewall.” 

The hack, if there was one, occurred a week after the election.

Homeland Security said it is investigating.

“DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly,” said Deputy Press Secretary Scott McConnell.

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Irony of Trump’s Choice for Secretary of State Draws Criticism from Ex-FBI Agents

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Gen. David Petraeus to be the secretary of state has drawn criticism from within the FBI.

Trump relentlessly attacked the FBI for failing to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server. But ironically, Trump wants to appoint Petraeus, who was charged after he confessed to handling classified material to his mistress and biographer. He resigned in 2012.

“It should and will rankle anyone who is objective and who works with classified info,” Ellen Glasser, a 24-year FBI veteran who now teaches criminology at the University of North Florida, told the Hill. 

“Notwithstanding his past decorated service, serving in the Cabinet is a privilege that should not be afforded to someone whose security clearance was yanked and who could not get another one the normal way,” she added.

Federal prosecutors said Petraeus intentionally mislead authorities during the investigation.

“One of the issues that many at the FBI would have would be less the classification violations than the alleged lying to the FBI during the investigation,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

“It’s the standard that’s imposed on agents,” he said. “Even in the smallest misconduct case, what every agent knows is that the misconduct isn’t going to get you fired; it’s the lack of candor.”

Gazette: Trump Should Nominate Mitt Romney for Secretary of State

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Editorial Board
Colorado Springs Gazette

After witnessing a dinner meeting with Mitt Romney this week, the country waits anxiously to learn whether President-elect Donald Trump will nominate him for secretary of state.

This week, Trump also met with former Gen. David Petraeus, whom he praised afterward, floating his name for the same position. It is no surprise Trump was impressed with Petraeus’ knowledge of foreign affairs, given Petraeus’ experience as top Army general and commander and as director of the CIA.

Trump will have to make his own decision, but we urge him to pick Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor met with The Gazette’s editorial board when he sought the presidency in 2012 as the GOP nominee. He impressed us with a deep command of foreign policy.

Romney’s selection would be a magnanimous act of reconciliation and would deepen the sense that the president-elect is big enough to welcome a wide range of views and doesn’t harbor grudges.

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Clinton Claims FBI Director Said Her Comments ‘Were Truthful’

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton claimed Sunday that FBI Director James Comey concluded her statements about using private email “were truthful.”

Clinton made the claim on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace challenged her, showing previous comments she had made about the investigation.

Wallace pointed out that Clinton said she did not use the server to send classified material.

“After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true,” Wallace said.

Clinton responded, “Director Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails.”

She added: “I was communicating with over 300 people in my emailing. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified. Now, in retrospect, different agencies come in and say, ‘Well, it should have been.” But that’s not what was happening in real time.'”

FBI to Start Sending Thousands of Deleted Clinton Emails to State Department

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Friday will start sending “several thousand” deleted Hillary Clinton emails to the State Department.

Once in hand, the State Department will begin “rolling” out the e-mails to the public as part of a public-records lawsuit tied to Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Hill reports. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan appeared to be annoyed that the FBI was taking so long to transfer the emails.

“It seems to me they could figure out how to transfer [the emails] immediately upon request,” Sullivan said, suggesting that the FBI could just “push a button.”

The Justice Department responded that it takes time to create a format that makes  it possible to process and read the emails.

State Department Slams Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Private E-mail in New Report

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton violated the rules and failed to inform key staff members about her use of a private e-mail server, according to a scorching State Department Inspector General report.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” the report states.

CNN reports that officials examined the rules and policies of the State Department, and the internal investigation included interviews with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. 

Clinton and several members of her staff declined to be interviewed.

According to the report, two staff members in the Office of Information Resources Management who “discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s ue of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director” of their office.

“According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further,” the report states. The same director reportedly “instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”

Clinton has maintained that received permission to use her private email.

Scathing Audit of Clinton’s Use of Private E-Mail Gives Ammo to FBI’s Probe

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The scorching audit of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private lends credibility to the FBI’s investigation of the former secretary of state, experts said.

GOP consultant Brad Marston claims the 82-page internal State Department report should make it easier for FBI Director James Comey to recommend charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Boston Herald reports. 

“It gives Comey additional cover,” Marston said, “and makes it easier for the FBI to recommend to the Justice Department to pursue an indictment.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the report provides evidence of wrongdoing.

“If you’re a neutral arbiter like James Comey, you have to say, ‘Hats off. There’s actual proof,’ ” O’Connell said. “It gives him cover if he wants to pursue charges through the Department of Justice.”

The FBI is still investigating the case but has not yet interviewed Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton E-Mails Contained Veiled References to Intelligence Officers

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton forwarded information to her personal server that contained references to undercover CIA officers.

But NBC News disputes reports that the e-mails revealed the identity of an undercover intelligence operative.

U.S. officials said the contained veiled references to intelligence officers. Still, those reference were considered classified when the e-mails were reviewed.

NBC News wrote:

In one case, an official said, an undercover CIA officer was referred to as a State Department official with the word “State,” in quotes, as if to suggest the emailer knew the officer was not actually a diplomat. In another case, an email refers to “OGA” for “other government agency,” a common reference to the CIA. Yet another now-classified email chain originated with a member of the CIA director’s staff, leading some officials to question how Clinton could be blamed.

A spokesman for Cinton’s campaign insisted the intelligence officers were not identified and that any information to the contrary is part of an effort to hurt her candidacy.

“This shows yet again how the leaking of selective details gives a completely false impression about what is actually contained in the emails forwarded to Hillary Clinton,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon. “Whenever the full contents of these emails are learned, there is invariably less than meets the eye.”

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