Judicial Watch released State Department documents on Tuesday that detail “repeated efforts to hack into the unsecure non-state.gov email system used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2010.”
In fact, the email conversation between State Department IT official Brian Pagliano — who would ultimately receive immunity from the FBI in the Clinton email investigation and still take the Fifth hundreds of times to avoid testimony anyway — and Justin Cooper, an aide to Bill Clinton, reveals that Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server was hit at least ten times in two days.
The attackers made a number of unsuccessful attempts to log into Clinton’s system with usernames “doug,” dougband,” and “huma” — names easily associated with the Clintons by even a casual student of their relationships. Doug Band is a close associate of Bill Clinton and Huma Abedin is a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Pagliano theorized that the perpetrators attempted another form of hacking, an “injection attack,” against Clinton’s server. He warned that “we’d be susceptible to such an attack,” since Clinton used outside servers “to resolve external websites for both the SBS and BlackBerry server.”
Judicial Watch discovered this conversation among the 15,000 Clinton emails recovered by the FBI after the State Department failed to provide them, in accordance with a Freedom of Information Act court order.
After the attack was over, Cooper sent the emails to the U.S. Secret Service. (The exact name of the recipient at USSS was redacted by the State Department, citing a Freedom of Information Act exemption.) That referral was made on November 30, 2010, which means the Secret Service has known about the existence of Hillary Clinton’s illicit server all along.
“These new emails show that the Clinton email server was subject to an aggressive and targeted hacking attempt. And we now know that yet another government agency, the United States Secret Service, not only knew about the Clinton email system but that it was the target of hacking. The Clinton email scandal has now widened to yet another Obama administration agency.” declared Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.