The Associated Press consulted security experts and reported Wednesday that there is a possibility that Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server could have compromised the names of CIA personnel.
The issue begins ironically with the State Department’s release of Clinton’s emails at her request. Not every email can be released to the public unredacted, and the law requires that the State Department clearly indicate why redactions are made
47 of the emails released so far were redacted with the notation “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” indicating that the email referred to CIA information or personnel. The problem is that any foreign government or entity that might have seen Clinton’s emails before they were redacted now know exactly which names belong to CIA personnel.
Former assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department Stewart Baker notes that it’s “entirely plausible” that “foreign intelligence services discovered and rifled Hillary Clinton’s server.” If so, “Presto — the CIA names just fall off the page.”
Another U.S. official admitted on background that there was a “theoretical” risk that CIA officials may have outed in that fashion, but would not elaborate.
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