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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.”

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