The Hillary Clinton campaign was dealt another blow this week as new documents revealed that the Democratic front-runner used a non-secure phone line while serving as secretary of state.
Watchdog group Judicial Watch released documents that reveal a 2009 email exchange in which she told her chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills to call her private phone number rather than use the secure line.
Clinton wrote, “I called ops and they gave me your ‘secure’ cells… but only got a high-pitched whining sound.”
Mills then told Clinton that she should try using the secure line again.
“I give up. Call me on my home #,” Clinton wrote back, refusing to try the secure line amid technical problems.
“This drip, drip of new Clinton emails show Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications,” Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement. “How many other smoking gun emails are Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration hiding from the American people?”
Judicial Watch was able to obtain the email messages as part of a lawsuit filed against the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act.
Other leaked documents suggest that Clinton’s senior information technology staffer was also under qualified for his job. As Radar previously reported, Bryan Pagliano played a key role in Clinton’s email scandal, since he was the one who set up Clinton’s private email server in 2009. Since then, investigators have discovered that all the emails to and from Pagliano have gone missing.
The staffer was in charge of managing Clinton’s server, but only had “basic computer networking certifications,” according to the site. Fitton said the hiring of Pagliano despite his questionable resume “demonstrates his political connections more than qualifications that folks would typically want for a sensitive position like that.”
Meanwhile, notorious Romanian hacker Guccifer has said he had no trouble hacking into Clinton’s server in 2013, claiming it was “easy.” The Clinton campaign has denied the hacking took place.