HILLARY ON LEAKS
Hillary Clinton continues to face criticism over her use of a private email server and the placing of highly classified information on it.
This week, the Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state’s views on leaks were outlined in an off-the-record speech three years ago to Goldman Sachs that was made public by the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks.
First, the disclosure of some 250,000 State Department cables disclosed to WikiLeaks “put at risk certain individuals” by identifying people who met with U.S. diplomats overseas, Mrs. Clinton said.
“So we had to identify, and we moved a number of people to safety out of where they were in order for them to be not vulnerable,” she said.
Of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who made off with some 1.7 million highly classified intelligence documents, Mrs. Clinton said much of the information he took was not understood by the reporters who received the documents.
She suggested that the Snowden disclosures would help foreign governments penetrate U.S. information systems by providing hackers with “a blueprint of how we operate.”
“So I do think that there has been a real loss of important information that shouldn’t belong to or be made available to people who spend a lot of their time trying to penetrate our government, our businesses,” she said.
“And even worse, you know, some who are engaged in terrorist activities,” Mrs. Clinton added. “I mean, the Iranians did a disruption of service attack on American banks a year ago. The Iranians are getting much more sophisticated. They run the largest terrorist networks in the world.
“So I think that WikiLeaks was a big bump in the road, but I think the Snowden material could be potentially much more threatening to us.”