'Are they sure it wasn't the Russians?' Clinton's emails were reportedly hacked by China
The report by the Daily Caller alleges that a Chinese-owned entity, controlled by Beijing, embedded malignant code into the private server former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Clinton used for handling her correspondence, both personal and work-related, including that which included confidential information with up to top secret classification.
Using this code, the Chinese firm, said to be operating in Washington's northern Virginia suburbs, had a full access to emails Clinton sent through "courtesy copies" it received in real time, the report claims, citing "sources briefed on the matter."
According to the Daily Caller, the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) became aware of the "anomaly" in early 2015 and promptly alerted the FBI. ICIG investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan then repeatedly met with FBI agents to brief them on the matter, including with the notorious Peter Strzok. Strzok is a disgraced former member of FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, which has been seeking evidence of US President Donald Trump's collusion with the Russians to no avail so far.
Strzok, known for injecting a personal anti-Trump vibe into his investigations, was once among those who led the agency's "Midyear Exam" investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the US State Department.
At a July 18 hearing at the House Judiciary Committee, Strzok claimed he did meet Rucker on several occasions, but could not recall the subject matter of their conversations.
At the time, Gohmet accused Strzok of failing to act on the intelligence he allegedly received from the ICIG investigator, that a certain "anomaly" was uncovered on Clinton's server making "every single one except for four" out of some 30,000 emails on it being forwarded to an address that was not included on the distribution list. Gohmet stressed that the entity that received the emails was a foreign one but unrelated to Russia.
Although the name of the company that allegedly tapped into Clinton's private server is not disclosed in the report, a former intelligence official told the Daily Caller that it was a public company, not a tech one, but widely known to be the Chinese government's intelligence collection arm.
The potentially explosive revelation has caught attention of US President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to tease Russiagaters.
Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Report just out: “China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.” Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
"Are they sure it wasn't Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen if the hacking allegations against China will be given as much spotlight as those against Russia, however. Back in July, the Mueller team claimed in the indictment that alleged Russian hackers tried to hack into Clinton's private server "for the first time" on July 27, 2016, after "invited" by Trump who jokingly said he hopes Russia will be able to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing" from Clinton's private server.
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