And the terrible decisions continue! She wanted to give these cell phones, with sensitive material, to Anthony Weiner’s “trusted” assistant. WHAT?! And that’s not even the worse of the decisions. (Shocking, we know.) Just keep reading. It’s going to make you very, very sad how these people treat sensitive material.
Hillary Clinton and a senior aide discussed sending a secure cell phone to the secretary of state by FedEx or a personal courier – who worked for Anthony Weiner, according to emails released Thursday.
The astonishing revelation is the latest from WikiLeaks and underlines just how much Weiner was trusted by Clinton.
Weiner is now the target of an FBI investigation after sexting a 15-year-old – leading to the bombshell revelation that his estranged wife Huma Abedin is also being looked at because 650,000 of her emails were found on a laptop he handed over to agents.
The exchange from 2010 begins with Clinton confidante Huma Abedin telling her boss that she would mail the secure phone from Washington before her husband, then-Congressman Anthony Weiner, takes her to the airport. Clinton asks if one of Weiner’s assistants could make the delivery.
‘OK I will (redacted) just fedex secure cell phone from dc. Anthony leaving office to bring me to airport now so hopefully will make it just in time,’ Abedin writes in the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2010.
‘Maybe one of Anthony’s trusted staff could deliver secure phone?’ Clinton responds four hours later.
The email does not explain how Clinton had become separate from the phone.
The State Department said either approach – a delivery company like Fedex, or a courier – would have been acceptable, if the telephone was rendered inoperable for the journey.
The emails show the degree of trust Clinton had for Weiner before he was hit by scandal. Abedin is perhaps Clinton’s closest aide and Bill Clinton officiated at her wedding to Weiner.
Abedin recently separated from Weiner after the latest in a series of sexually explicit text messages surfaced from the one-time rising star of the Democratic Party.
Clinton and Abedin wrote to each other using private email addresses outside the State Department’s system, a practice that has roiled the Democratic nominee’s campaign for the presidency.
Clinton has apologized for using a private email account connected to a server in the basement of her New York home.
The FBI announced last week it was examining emails found on a computer seized from Weiner during its unrelated investigation of his sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, which were first revealed by DailyMail.com.
Weiner resigned his seat in Congress in 2011 after accidentally posting on Twitter a picture of himself in his underwear, which he intended as a private message to a woman who was not his wife.
In 2013, the publication of further messages killed his campaign for New York mayor.
It is unclear where Clinton was at the time of the emails. State Department schedules listed no public events for her between July 27 and Aug. 2, 2010.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said it was unclear how the phone might have been delivered, or if it was at all. He said officials wouldn’t speculate.