It is now evident that Vermont socialist senator Bernie Sanders’s utterance at the first Democratic primary debate about the American people being “sick and tired of hearing about Hillary’s [expletive] emails” was ineffective in its apparent effort to deflect attention away from the pertinent election related issue.
A significant portion of the nation’s voting populace is indeed sick over how long the process of obtaining information is taking and tired of how the mainstream media continues to carry water for the former secretary of state with regard to her evasive tactics.
In what is likely to further heighten public interest on the email matter is the recent revelation that a Hollywood celebrity had Hillary’s private email address, even though a key diplomat in the line of fire did not.
Hillary remains the current frontrunner in the Democratic nominating process, despite the fact that she continues to be the subject of a federal investigation over her highly unusual private email server, which was kept within her New York residence under seemingly inadequate security circumstances.
She also failed to establish an official secure government email server, which is required by federal law, to protect vital digitized information.
Despite some negative news coverage concerning the Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, it was this committee’s findings that put Clinton’s personal emails in the spotlight.
Since the FBI seized Clinton’s server back in August 2015, the number of her emails that contain classified content has repeatedly risen.
As of this writing, 671 emails, which the former secretary of state either transmitted or received using her private server, contained classified material, according to the State Department.
“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” Hillary stated in July 2015.
It has now become apparent that if the security protocols for Hillary’s private server were inadequate, Russia, China, and/or other nations or groups seeking to compromise the server could have obtained critical data.
To the likely chagrin of Hollywood producer-director-actor Ben Affleck, this means that the Russians, Chinese, and/or other nations or groups may also have acquired the celebrity’s email address.
A recent document dump of emails by the State Department revealed that then-Secretary of State Clinton exchanged emails with her aides concerning Hollywood figures. Email contents included the famed names of the aforementioned Affleck, Lisa Kudrow, and Lady Gaga.
The email address for Hillary’s private server was somehow given to the “Argo” and “Batman v. Superman” star; this information came to the surface because Affleck had used the email address to communicate on April 16, 2012, requesting that Clinton review a draft of a report about security problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A mere hours later, Hillary emailed Johnnie Carson, her assistant secretary of African affairs, writing, “I’d like to respond to Ben Affleck Pls advise. Thx.”
Hillary continued to pursue the Democratic Republic of Congo matter the following day, writing, “I haven’t yet received a draft and would like to respond today.”
During her much-discussed testimony at the recent Benghazi hearings, Hillary revealed that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who tragically died along with three other Americans during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, did not have the same email address info privilege as the Hollywood celebrity.
“I do not believe that he [Stevens] had my personal email,” Hillary testified, adding that " . . . with respect to security, he took those requests where they belonged, he took them to security professionals.”
The then-secretary of state, who could have asked for Ambassador Stevens’s email address and corresponded with the diplomat directly, instead asked for singer Lady Gaga‘s email address so she could “write a note” following Gaga’s appearance on ABC’s “The View,” during which the performer defended the secretary of state's taste in fashion.
When Hollywood celebrities have more access to the head of the U.S. State Department than a sitting ambassador in harm’s way, it is at best a manifestation of gross incompetence, and at worst a case study in dereliction of duty.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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