Hillary’s emails matter: A retired CIA officer explains why

The 2016 presidential election, already one of the wildest in American history, has been rocked by the announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

Apparently while investigating disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner’s transmission of sexually explicit images to a fifteen-year-old girl, the FBI discovered more emails relevant to Hillary Clinton’s own infamous case.
At the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s personal aide, perhaps best known for her alleged family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The emails appear to have been found on a computer used by both Abedin and Weiner.

Where all this goes from here remains unclear. That said, in the interest of helping a scandal-weary electorate put these new developments in context, shall we review a few things?

I have worked in national security my entire life. Most of that has been in the intelligence community surrounded by classified information. For twenty years, I worked undercover in the Central Intelligence Agency, recruiting sources, producing intelligence and running operations. I have a pretty concrete understanding of how classified information is handled and how government communications systems work.

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What Would You Do?

Imagine you are at work. Delayed from getting home for dinner cause the boss gave you a stupid deadline on a project that was practically impossible to meet?

As you are in the office collecting the data and preparing the presentation for tomorrows meeting, The building shakes and you hear a distant explosion.

Hmm, you think, and return to your task.

Then another shake and another explosion. Closer this time and followed immediately by massive explosions.

You look out the panorama windows at the office and see explosions in the distance.

Then you see parachutes falling to the ground.

You look back at the area of the explosions and realize that is in the direction of your home where your wife and kids are.

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