Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee grilled State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki during Monday’s press briefing, asking why Russian hackers had more access to State Department records than the American public and Congress.
Lee began by asking about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email security. “On the issue on the security of the actual server, do you have any reason to believe it was compromised at all?” (RELATED: Hacker Claims Hillary Clinton Created MULTIPLE Private Email Accounts)
“We don’t have any reason to believe that,” Psaki responded. “Obviously, her email wasn’t hacked, as there were some reports that previously suggested. But I don’t have any update on the precautions or steps–“
“It’s only the State Department, the state.gov emails that get hacked right?” Lee said, to some chortles. “So they might have actually been safer in a private server.”
“It just– it seems a bit unusual that we’re in a situation where hackers from Russia or wherever they are have more access to the State Department records and archives than the American public and Congress do,” he continued to more laughter. “Does that not strike you as being odd?” (VIDEO: State Department Spox Struggles To Explain Hillary’s Private Emails)
“In what capacity, Matt?” asked Psaki.
“Well they hacked your email system, you had to shut it all down.” Lee responded. “And they’re still in there, or whatever it is. So they’re seeing stuff the rest of us can’t see, right?”