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Clinton Used A BlackBerry To Transmit Classified Information

- February 4, 2016

In A Newly Surfaced Video, State Department Official Wendy Sherman Bragged That Secretary Clinton Used Her BlackBerry To Negotiate Middle East Peace Talks, Correspondence Which Has Now Been Classified

In 2013, State Department Official Wendy Sherman Boasted About Secretary Clinton Negotiating Delicate Mid East Peace Negotiations Over Her BlackBerry While At The UN General Assembly In 2011 As Something "That Would Never Be On An Unclassified System… " SHERMAN: "Now we have BlackBerries, and it has changed the way diplomacy is done. Things appear on your Blackberries that would never be on an unclassified system, but you're out traveling, you're trying to negotiate something, you want to communicate with people, it's the fastest way to do it. My favorite story about this is the U.N. General Assembly, two years ago, Secretary Clinton was at the E.U., it was then the 'E.U. 27' meeting, where all of the foreign ministers were right along the long table, she was on one side of the table, Catherine Ashton was on the other side of the table, the representative for the European Union, they were trying to, during that U.N. General Assembly negotiate a Quartet Statement for Middle East peace, and so they sat there, as they were having the meeting, with their BlackBerries, transferring language back and forth between them and between their aides to multitask in quite a new fashion, to have the meeting and at the same time be working on the Quartet Statement," (Wendy Sherman Remarks At The American Foreign Service Association Conference, 2013)

  • Emails Regarding The Quartet Statement Have Now Been Deemed Classified. "The State Department considered the correspondence sensitive enough that the department deemed some of those emails to now be classified, and officials redacted details before the emails were released to the public." (Ed Henry, "Video Suggests Clinton Shared Info That 'Would Never Be On An Unclassified System' Normally" Fox News , 1/26/16)

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Information Written Or Spoken To U.S. Officials By Their Foreign Counterparts In Confidence Is Considered "Foreign Government Information" Which Is "Born Classified"

The U.S. Government Defines Any Information Written Or Spoken That Is Provided In Confidence To U.S. Officials By Their Foreign Counterparts As "Foreign Government Information." "In the small fraction of emails made public so far, Reuters has found at least 30 email threads from 2009, representing scores of individual emails, that include what the State Department's own 'Classified' stamps now identify as so-called 'foreign government information.' The U.S. government defines this as any information, written or spoken, provided in confidence to U.S. officials by their foreign counterparts." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Dozens Of Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Start, U.S. Rules Suggest," Reuters, 8/21/15)

Foreign Government Information Must Be "Presumed" Classified To Protect National Security And The Integrity Of Diplomatic Interactions. "This sort of information, which the department says Clinton both sent and received in her emails, is the only kind that must be 'presumed' classified, in part to protect national security and the integrity of diplomatic interactions, according to U.S. regulations examined by Reuters." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Dozens Of Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Start, U.S. Rules Suggest," Reuters, 8/21/15)

In 2014, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki Said Discussing Classified Information On A Blackberry Is Prohibited By Department Policy, And That BlackBerries Are Considered Unclassified Devices

In A 2014 State Department Press Briefing, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki Said Processing Or Discussing Classified Information On A Black Berry Is Prohibited By Department Policy. QUESTION: "On the issue of how you discuss things, do State Department officials routinely use encrypted phones, mobile phones, for their conversations so that comments like that one do not become public?" STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JEN PSAKI: "Well, Arshad, for obvious reasons, I can't outline for you everything that we do. I can tell you that data encryption is available for all Department of State employee-issued, government- owned BlackBerry devices, regardless of rank. All Department of State government-owned BlackBerry devices have data encryption. However, they don't have voice encryption. And of course, as you know -- I know you didn't ask this, but just to add one more additional point -​ classified processing and classified conversation on a personal digital assisted device is prohibited in accordance with Department policy, which, of course, is not what this was, but just to add a point." (Press Briefing, State Department, Washington DC, 2/7/14)

Psaki: "Well, I Just Said That Classified Processing And Classified Conversation On A Personal Digital Assisted Device Is Prohibited." (Press Briefing, State Department, Washington DC, 2/7/14)

When Pressed On Whether A State Department Employee Is Prohibited From Discussing Classified Material On A Deceive, Psaki Replied "Exactly." QUESTION: "So -- but here's -- I mean, I don't -- several things I don't understand. When you say personal, do you mean privately owned?" PSAKI: "Any device that is -- that you're having conversations on that is..." QUESTION: "OK. So you're not allowed to discuss classified material on a device. Correct?" PSAKI: "On an unclass -- right. Exactly." (Press Briefing, State Department, Washington DC, 2/7/14)


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