The private email server through which Hillary Clinton transmitted classified information as secretary of state was hacked by a Chinese-owned company, according to sources briefed on the matter who spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Copies of nearly all of Clinton’s emails were forwarded to the company in real time through a code embedded in the server as part of an intelligence operation, the sources said.
The FBI failed to act when the Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing, as WND reported.
A former intelligence officer with expertise in cybersecurity who spoke to TheDCNF on condition of anonymity said two members of the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion.
Among the officials who chose not to act was Peter Strzok, then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Strzok, who led both the Clinton and Russia investigations for the bureau and was a member of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, was fired this month in the wake of his anti-Trump texts to his mistress and co-worker, and testimony before Congress.
The source said the Chinese state-owned firm linked to the hacking served was a “front group” for the Chinese government based in a Washington, D.C. suburb in Northern Virginia.
TheDCNF sought comment from Hillary Clinton’s team, which dismissed the claim.
“This is the most combed over subject in modern American political history,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “The FBI spent thousands of hours investigating, and found no evidence of intrusion. That’s a fact.”
“But in an age where facts are alternative and truth isn’t truth, it’s no surprise that an outlet like the Daily Caller would try to distract us from very real and very immediate threats to our democracy brought by the man occupying the White House,” he said.
However, in July 2015, the FBI issued a criminal referral to the Justice Department warning that classified information for Clinton’s server may have been disclosed to a foreign power or to one of its agents.
Then-FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano sent a follow-up memo on July 21, 2015, to President Barack Obama’s deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, about two conversations he had with her about the referral.
Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged in his recent book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” that the FBI’s well known probe of Clinton’s server was a criminal investigation.
And Comey acknowledged to Congress that despite Clinton’s claims to the contrary, she transmitted classified information on the unauthorized and unsecured server.