Hillary Clinton Email Probe Update: Intelligence Officials Named In Clinton's Emails Could Be FBI's Reason For Indicting Hillary

Mohit Priyadarshi

Hillary Clinton's email troubles continue to mount even as she increases her attacks on Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Last week, the State Department's internal audit found Clinton guilty of violating federal protocols, with Inspector General Steve Linick noting that Clinton had never sought approval for her contentious private server, something that directly contradicted her oft-used "convenience" argument. Hillary has repeatedly claimed that the State Department "allowed" her to use her private server to conduct official business, but with the IG report proving otherwise, the Democratic front-runner has found herself cornered into a tough spot.

And yet, when confronted with the findings of the report, Hillary Clinton maintained that all the hullabaloo surrounding her email probe is simply the result of a "mistake" that she committed during her time as the Secretary of State.

As it turns out, however, using her "convenience" argument is not the only time Clinton has fallen back on fabricated truths to justify her actions. The report also showed that Clinton was fully aware of repeated hacking attempts by an allegedly Russian-state-sponsored hacker, with her then-IT chief even completely shutting down the server in 2011 to prevent classified data from being compromised.

Even in this case, Hillary had previously pleaded innocent, pointing out that no hacking attempts were made on her private server whatsoever. But Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, who also goes by the name of Guccifer, has claimed that breaching Clinton's emails was "easy."

While previously it was Guccifer's word against Hillary's, now the IG report proves that Clinton had not been truthful when she said she was unaware of any hacking attempts made on her server.

John R. Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst, wrote in the Observer that his source who is "privy to some of FBI's findings" is certain that Clinton's server was breached several times, thereby jeopardizing national security.

"We know (her email server) was hacked numerous times; it's that simple. If I were Vladimir Putin, I'd fire the head of the SVR (Russia's foreign intelligence service) if he didn't get a good look at Hillary's emails when they were sitting in plain sight online."

Schindler then went on to suggest that intelligence agencies around the world, including that of Russia, China, and Iran, must know more about the email exchanges of Hillary Clinton than the American public does.

"These new revelations — reminiscent of the Valerie Plame scandal during George W. Bush's tenure — could give FBI investigators the evidence they need to make a case that Clinton violated the Espionage Act by mishandling national defense information through 'gross negligence.'"

According to the Act, "if classified material" is made accessible to an "unknown person" due to negligence, it can lead to 10 years in prison — 15 if the information identifies a U.S. covert agent.

According to Brietbart News, Clinton did exchange the names of intelligence officials on her unprotected server, and if Schindler is right, foreign intelligence agencies and governments must already have been feasting on the treasure trove of information that Hillary's "mistake" helped them gain access to.

If covert CIA agents were identified in the emails that were shared by Hillary Clinton, and if the emails were vulnerable to hacking, it could be the basis for FBI's criminal indictment of the Democratic front-runner.

Gathering from all the evidence we have in front of us at the moment, it very likely seems to be the case. As a result, Hillary Clinton's email troubles could lead her to prison.

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