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Abedin Forwarded State Passwords To Yahoo Before It Was Hacked By Foreign Agents
[Daily Caller] Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows.

Abedin, the top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, used her insecure personal email provider to conduct sensitive work. This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches ‐ at least one of which was perpetrated by a "state-sponsored actor."

The U.S. later charged Russian intelligence agent Igor Sushchin with hacking 500 million Yahoo email accounts. The initial hack occurred in 2014 and allowed his associates to access accounts into 2015 and 2016 by using forged cookies. Sushchin also worked for the Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital, which paid former President Bill Clinton $500,000 for a June 2010 speech in Moscow.

A separate hack in 2013 compromised three billion accounts across multiple Yahoo properties, and the culprit is still unclear. "All Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft," the company said in a statement.

Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, regularly forwarded work emails to her personal humamabedin@yahoo.com address. "She would use these accounts if her (State) account was down or if she needed to print an email or document. Abedin further explained that it was difficult to print from the DoS system so she routinely forwarded emails to her non-DoS accounts so she could more easily print," an FBI report says.
Yes, much easier to 'print' from your residence and avoid the unsightly carrying of classified documents out of Foggy Bottom, random bag checks, that sort of thing.
Abedin sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on Aug. 24, 2009, an email released by the State Department in September 2017 shows.
Still begs the question of how sensitive and classified documents from a secure Gov't computer were migrated to Abedin's UNCLAS email account and non-secure box.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2018 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [535 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One would have thought the DNC Awan IT team would have provided some sort of warning regarding such activities.

Were passwords and other sensitive data intentionally 'hidden in plain sight' via Yahoo, (passwords provided) for the purpose of clandestine retrieval? Yes, I am indeed talking about the potential of espionage.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/03/2018 2:56 Comments || Top||

#2  And that meant they planned to use it for other purpose.

Notice the words they.
Posted by: newc || 01/03/2018 3:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Does no-one in the US gov use 2 factor authentication?!?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/03/2018 7:14 Comments || Top||

#4  We need to find some little people to blame it on, so someone gets to go to jail.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/03/2018 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Twice hacked, at least once by Russian intelligence? So much for the claim that we are fussing about nothing.

The DNC Awan team had nothing to do with the State Department, which
a) provides secure communications, and
b) has procedures in place to warn staffers never to use outside communications specifically because they are not secure.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2018 11:04 Comments || Top||

#6  The entire cabal should be in a great deal of legal trouble but then again it is 2018. The legacy of previous admins. has eroded the rule of law. Who knows?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/03/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||

#7  The DNC Awan team had nothing to do with the State Department, which
a) provides secure communications, and
b) has procedures in place to warn staffers never to use outside communications specifically because they are not secure.
Posted by: trailing wife

Which would be good except Hillary refused to use the State dept secure communication, Most likely to avoid keeping disclose-able records
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 01/03/2018 14:50 Comments || Top||

#8  I suspect Huma is leaking.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/03/2018 19:06 Comments || Top||

#9  If she wasn't before, she'll have to be soon. She's toast. Hillary's toast. Hill's donors aren't gonna support her lover aide while Antny's in prison
Posted by: Frank G || 01/03/2018 20:35 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Michele Bachmann eyeing run for Franken's Senate seat
[CNN] Former GOP congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she is considering running for Democratic former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat.

Bachmann, who was a member of Congress representing Minnesota until 2015, told "The Jim Bakker Show" in an interview that aired last week that she's mulling over whether she should run. Franken announced he would leave the Senate following accusations that he had groped several women, and his final day as a senator is Tuesday.

"I've had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat," Bachmann said. "The only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate," she said, later adding, "The question is should it be me? Should it be now? But there's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic."

"We're trying to be wise," Bachmann continued, suggesting that Franken was dropped by Democrats because the party wants to be able to hurl false accusations against Republicans in coming elections.

"I'm not saying that he didn't do some bad boy things. I think he did. But he didn't do what Harvey Weinstein did. ... But the Democrat party, they even admit they threw Al Franken under the bus because they wanted to look pure," she said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I like Michele.
She is a great communicator.
The left could not stand her.
I would hate for her to have to wade through that terrible swamp again, though.
Posted by: boomerc || 01/03/2018 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  We ran into Michele at an insanely hot July booster parade. One true Spitfire to say the least. If she takes President Trump's example and attacks the DFL Twin City media... We can only hope.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/03/2018 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I also like Michele and think she would make a good replacement for Franken.

The standard for a replacement for Franken is fairly low. Bachmann would far exceed the standard. Even a potted plant would make a good replacement for Franken.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/03/2018 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  So yeah, Al, no need to resign.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/03/2018 13:10 Comments || Top||

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire, clearing way for Mitt Romney
[CNN] Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch
...Republican Senator-for-Life from Utah. The state does have two senators but nobody can remember who the other guy is...
announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election this year, clearing the way for Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, the Publican nominee for president in 2012. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals....
to return to the national stage by running for his seat.

He said in a social media message, "after much prayer and discussion with family and friends I've decided to retire at the end of this term."

Hatch, the Senate's longest serving Republican, has wrestled with the decision for months, emboldened by the entreaties of President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
to seek an eighth term.

Now, it sets up a potential path for Trump critic Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, to reclaim the spotlight as a conservative counterpoint to the President.

Posted by: Fred || 01/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just a note - Mittens will be 71 in two months, and he almost killed a dog. Poor Seamus!
Posted by: Raj || 01/03/2018 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect Senator Romney will be able to work with President Trump to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals, whatever his personal opinion of the man. They both like and are liked by Bibi Netanyahu, after all.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2018 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect Senator Romney will be able to work with President Trump to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals

About as well as McCain?
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 01/03/2018 9:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Senator McCain, at his core, is a self-centered, vicious ass. Governor Romney, it seems to me, at core figures out how to accomplish goals, particularly reorganizing businesses. He would happily use President Trump to accompliish goals like right-sizing and properly focussing the federal bureaucracy, who would as happily use him for the exact same purpose. And he respects the separation of powers, which is why he developed Romneycare after the Massachussetts legislature passed it into law, despite not being keen on the idea.

I wasn’t aware he’d moved to Utah, though. When did that happen?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Last I heard, he has a really nice pad in La Jolla.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/03/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

#6  and Park City, Ut
Posted by: Frank G || 01/03/2018 16:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Could carve a better man out of a banana.
Posted by: regular joe || 01/03/2018 16:27 Comments || Top||

#8  As I said earlier, if Mitt wanted to be in elected office he should have tried running back in 2012.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/03/2018 22:31 Comments || Top||

'Ayelet Shaked is the most dangerous minister'
[IsraelNationalNews] Former Labor MK Uzi Baram published in Haaretz an article harshly attacking Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home).

In his article, Baram called Shaked a "walking provocation" and claimed she "supports Hebrew discrimination" and "is trampling the Supreme Court."

According to Baram, Shaked is "truly dangerous, because she wants to replace the expression that 'everything can be judged' with 'everything is political.' In her quest to reach the hearts of her voters, the Justice Minister has abandoned her first duty: to be faithful to the judicial and court systems, which she is supposed to represent."
Actually, she represents Israeli public who are sick and tired of Judicial (EU style) activism
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/03/2018 01:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ha’aretz, which glories in the description as “the New York Times of Israel,” and is a formal part of the NYT’s international team, was precisely the right place for that opinion.

According to Wikipedia,

It is known for its left-wing and liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues. As of 2016, the newspaper had a weekday exposure rate of 3.9% in Israel.

And since 1990 20% of the shares have been held by a Greman publishing house, reinforcing the attitude.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2018 12:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Greman = German. PIMF!!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/03/2018 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  We got it, TW.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/03/2018 12:49 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2018-01-03
  Egypt executes four Islamist extremists over 2015 bomb attack
Tue 2018-01-02
  Pakistan plans takeover of charities run by Lashkar-e-Taiba
Mon 2018-01-01
  Nigeria: Scores Killed in Boko Haram Attacks in Borno, Yobe
Sun 2017-12-31
  Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted
Sat 2017-12-30
  IS says it was behind Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing
Fri 2017-12-29
  Senior Pakistani Taliban leader blown by own explosives in Kunar province
Thu 2017-12-28
  Islamic State claims attack on Shiite center in Kabul, 41 dead
Wed 2017-12-27
  Swede among 'terror' suspects arrested in the Netherlands
Tue 2017-12-26
  Six Islamic State, involved in killing policeman, killed in Kirkuk
Mon 2017-12-25
  ISIS military commission chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
Sun 2017-12-24
  Taliban’s IED expert famous as Osama killed in NDS operation
Sat 2017-12-23
  Terror Attack in Pennsylvania's State Capital?
Fri 2017-12-22
  US drone strike kills Qaeda propaganda chief in Yemen
Thu 2017-12-21
  ISIS shadow judge among 5 killed in Afghan forces operations
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