Bottom Line: Here’s what Hillary’s private e-mail server means for American national security:
If Hillary becomes President, it’s a sure thing that she’ll spend her entire Presidency wondering which foreign leader, or leaders, holds devastating information about her, or is willing to fabricate such devastating information, that she simply has no way to disprove.
One other thing is absolutely certain: You and I will never know whether any or all of what I outlined below has ever happened. Worst case: Hillary’s elected President, and she’s owned by Putin or some other thug, and finishes her Presidency having served as an agent for one or more foreign adversaries the entire time.
Again, you’ll read this only here. It’s not particularly brilliant insight, in that these conclusions are just hanging around waiting to be divulged by someone. Anyone. It’s just that we’re the ones who usually do it.
More to the point: the conclusions in this post are undeniably true. There’s not a single person on earth — including Hillary Clinton! — who would try to suggest that they’re not true.
Here goes: First the background: As everyone knows by now, Hillary Clinton was the American Secretary of State for about four years. During that time, she conducted official American business using a private e-mail server. When this was discovered, she deleted several tens of thousands of e-mails that she claimed were of a personal nature. She has admitted herself that the whole thing was a pretty bad error in judgment. I think she said that if she had it all to do over again, she wouldn’t do it that way again. That, for a Clinton, is as close as you ever get to an admission that they’re not brilliant, deity-like figures, incapable of doing wrong.
Okay. Here’s where it’s damning for Hillary.
- Not everyone knows how e-mail works (I do), but certainly the hackers who almost certainly hacked into her e-mail system know.
- The hackers know also for certain that the 30,000 or so e-mails that Hillary deleted are still in existence. The American people learned this as well, when they were informed that every e-mail they’ve ever sent is in the possession of the National Security Agency. They exist on servers in America, and they exist in the recipients’ e-mail inboxes, as well as on other places in the e-mail path.
- Now, read this very well: I could send an e-mail to Hillary’s campaign. In that e-mail I could claim to be in possession of past confidential e-mails from Hillary in which there are all manner of really bad things. State secrets, embarrassing personal information, unflattering statements about foreign leaders — anything I want to say! Then, I could say that if I don’t have some kind of special access to President Hillary, I’ll make the contents of those e-mails available to others. Say, the press. Or certain foreign leaders. Or the Republicans. Or, or, or…
- Here’s the point: Hillary would have no way under the sun to know whether what I said in that extortion e-mail was true or not. Even if she did know that I had nothing, she’d have no way to prove it! Remember: she claimed to have deleted all those tens of thousands of e-mails! If she didn’t really delete them, and still had them, and that came to light, it would be a politically, and potentially legally, devastating admission that she’d flat-out lied to investigators. So, she has to stand by the story that she deleted them. And she could say nothing on earth to disprove my ownership of them. And at that point, I’d own her. She’d be my President, all mine — for as long as I remained alive.(1)
Every other leader in the world is already aware of the rather basic information I just revealed above. Let’s face it, there are competent IT personnel in the pockets of people like Putin, Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping, etc. Trust me, they’ve mentioned to their leaders the things I said above.
Now, my example used me as the hypothetical perpetrator of the extortion. Lil’ ol’ private citizen me wouldn’t be the perp. Some lower-down, gray, little underling in a Russian consulate in Budapest or the like would make the extortion threat known to a Foreign Service Officer in the American consulate in the same city, and the threat would travel to the President’s desk in that way.
Then, presto-changeo, just like that, Hillary would be Putin’s President! Or Xi Jinping’s. Or Kim Jong Un’s. Or maybe she’d be owned by all three, and others! All at the same time! Who knows? The possibilities are endless!
In the movie The Manchurian Candidate, a leading Presidential contender is brainwashed by, I believe, the North Korean régime. It doesn’t need to be anything as dramatic as all that; only that the circumstances be in place in which the candidate simply can’t disprove what a potential extortionist says. I know the technical details of all this. Hillary wouldn’t be able to disprove a potential extortionist’s assertions.
If Hillary becomes President, it’s a sure thing that she’ll spend her entire Presidency wondering which foreign leader, or leaders, holds devastating information about her, or is willing to fabricate such information, that she simply has no way to disprove.
One other thing is absolutely certain: You and I will never know whether any or all of what I just outlined above has ever happened. Worst case: Hillary’s elected President, and she’s owned by Putin or some other thug, and finishes her Presidency having served as an agent for one or more foreign adversaries the entire time.
Think of the exchange between Hillary and her IT advisor:
Hillary: But I deleted all those e-mails!
IT Advisor: Okay. And as soon as you did that, you opened yourself up to all this.
H: Oh, how’s that? They’re deleted! D-E-L-E-T-E-D. Gone.
IT: Not from the recipients’ inboxes, they’re not. And not from all the servers of the recipients’ e-mail providers. And not from the NSA. Weren’t you paying any attention at all to what you yourself said about the NSA having all Americans’ e-mails?
H: So what. He can’t prove those e-mails came from me!
IT: The point is: you can’t prove they didn’t! If you hadn’t deleted all those e-mails in the first place, then we could prove that they didn’t come from you.
H: What if we just say that I didn’t really delete all those e-mails?
IT: Oh, that’s good… admit that you lied all the way back in the beginning of the investigation. [sarcastically] That’s a really good idea.
H: What if we just say that I didn’t know that deleting all those e-mails doesn’t really delete them?
IT: Oh, that’s a good one… now you say that I have no clue what I’m doing, or that I lied to you, and allowed you to lie to the investigators. Aren’t you supposed to be the one all big with science and facts and stuff? Now you want to admit that you hire incompetents and liars for your staff? Even if you do say that, the problem’s still there: you can’t disprove what the Russian guy is saying about the e-mail, simply because you deleted 30,000 or so e-mails! As soon as you set up the private server, and then deleted all those e-mails, you set up everything that was needed for any blackmailer or extortionist to do or say whatever he pleases, and you can’t do or say a damned thing about it.
H: Well, I guess that’s it then. He’s got me. Putin’s my daddy!
And you thought Obama was bad!
(1) Opponents and critics of the Clintons have an odd habit of dying early. I’d need to say only that I had a mechanism in place whereby, if I didn’t check in personally in some way every week or so, then a very complicated chain of events would unfold and the aforementioned devastating e-mails would make their way into the hands of the media.