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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hillary's maid had illegal access to secrets

It sounds like an SNL skit rather than something that actually happened in real life--nobody is that stupid or careless. 

Unless we're talking about then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

When she was secretary of state Clinton routinely had her maid print out sensitive and classified government emails and documents for her from her house in Washington D.C., emails and FBI memos show.

Her maid! 

Marina Santos might be a lovely lady but she lacked a security clearance at any level to handle such sensitive material. But she was called on so often that she may know more than the FBI about state secrets and E-mailgate.

Hillary Clinton expected the Filipino immigrant to handle state secrets in addition to her duties as housekeeper of Whitehaven, the name of her DC residence with obvious racist implications in the name if she had been a Republican. 

Clinton pays as much attention to national security matters as a hurricane does to leaving things tidy.

The way it worked was: Hillary would receive highly sensitive emails from top aides at the State Department and then request that the aides, in turn, forward those messages and attachments to Santos so that she could print them out at the home.

Santos printed out confidential memos and "call sheets" (background information and talking points for Hillary in advance of a phone call with a foreign head of state) and drafts of her speeches, among other things.

Clinton emailed Huma Weiner Abedin, her top aide, to "Pls ask Marina to print for me in am" a redacted 2011 message marked sensitive but unclassified.

But Marina did classified material too. In a classified 2012 email regarding the new president of Malawi, another Clinton top aide, Monica Hanley, told Clinton, "We can ask Marina to print this."

In an April 2012 classified email to Clinton from Hanley was the subject line: "Revisions to the Iran points." The text reads, "Marina is trying to print for you."

Marina Santos also had access to a highly secure room known as SCIF, or sensitive compartmented information facility. This was set up by diplomatic security agents at the Whitehaven residence, according to FBI notes from an Abedin interview.

From within the SCIF, Santos "collected documents from the secure facsimile machine for Clinton," the FBI notes revealed. This same fax machine periodically received the Presidential Daily Brief--a top-secret document prepared by the CIA and other US intelligence groups.

I can see Saturday Night Live doing the skit where Marina is handed the "Nuclear Football" by Obama and asked to clean it and give it back to him later.

But Clinton was never asked by the FBI over the year it sort of investigated her, to turn over the iMac Santos used to receive the emails, or the printer she used to do the printouts. And we later discovered that although Clinton destroyed 33,000 emails, copies in other locations still exist.

Maybe the FBI's latest policy is: "What we don't see won't hurt the country."

The more obvious truth is that the top brass at the Justice Department allegedly blocked the FBI from obtaining search warrants to collect the evidence that would implicate the Clintons.