Clearly Hillary Clinton has failed that test of leadership, and in a big way.
I'm concerned that the FBI and the State Department's own Office of Inspector General, as well as Republicans in Congress, have missed the real import of Clinton's lying. It is not that she violated rules and standards that may have led to national security secrets being hacked, serious though that may be. For one thing, powerful intelligence agencies like those of the Russians and Chinese, just like the US's own National Security Agency, have the capability to hack even the government's most secure servers.
What should really be getting asked, by government investigators, political critics and by any real journalists left out there, is why Clinton, as Secretary of State, was so insistent -- even to the point of violating laws and State Department policies -- on avoiding the reach of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The answer to that has to take us back to the reality of the Clinton's phenomenal success at vacuuming up vast sums of money from wealthy individuals, corporations, and even foreign potentates, both for their personal accounts as when either Clinton speaks at gatherings of bankers, pharmaceutical executives or military industry leaders, and for their Clinton Foundation, essentially a money laundering operation that has reportedly been the recipient of over $2 billion in corporate and foreign government largesse -- and that is also under investigation by the FBI for corruption.
The Clintons' success at raking in such piles of cash reeks of influence peddling, probably much of it conducted by phone and by email -- and it's the kind of thing that, if it were done by a Secretary of State on a government electronic device, would be vulnerable to a FOIA request.
On a private server, it's the type of communications activity that Hillary Clinton's private attorneys would have "wiped" from her hard drive to escape scrutiny when they erased thousands of emails they determined, with no official backstopping, to have been "private."
Comey was wrong to recommend no prosecution of Clinton for her email practices, since some of her own State Department employees, as well as employees of the CIA and other agencies have been charged with and convicted of felonies for the same and even lesser infractions.
Besides, as Jill Stein, the likely Green Party candidate for president points out in an article in today's Counterpunch magazine:
"All the elements necessary to prove a felony violation were found by the FBI investigation, specifically of Title 18 Section 793(f) of the federal penal code, a law ensuring proper protection of highly classified information. Director Comey said that Clinton was 'extremely careless' and 'reckless' in handling such information. Contrary to the implications of the FBI statement, the law does not require showing that Clinton intended to harm the United States, but that she acted with gross negligence."
But Clinton, as a Secretary of State and as the likely Democratic Party candidate for president, clearly lives on a higher plane that operates under a different set of rules. Only the "little people" get called to account for such crimes in the United States.
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