Video has emerged showing Hillary Clinton admitting in 2014 that when she was secretary of state she could not use computers and personal communications devices — such as BlackBerries — while visiting countries like China and Russia because they were vulnerable to being hacked.
But Clinton’s claim that she did not use such devices is questionable given that her emails, which have been released by the State Department, show that she sent dozens of messages while visiting China and Russia.
“Every time I went to countries like China or Russia we couldn’t take our computers, we couldn’t take our personal devices, we couldn’t take anything off the plane because they’re so good,” Clinton said at an event held on Nov. 9, 2014, several months before news of her personal email use broke.
Clinton used a personal BlackBerry hooked up to her personal email account to conduct government business while in office. The emails were maintained on a private email server managed by State Department IT specialist Bryan Pagliano.
“They would penetrate them in a minute, less, a nanosecond,” Clinton said of Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies. “So we would take the batteries out, we would leave them on the plane.”
But as a Daily Caller investigation published this week has revealed, Clinton sent at least 36 emails during seven separate trips to China and Russia. Some of those emails were sent from an airplane, but others appear to have been sent from hotels or at conferences in those nations. (RELATED: INVESTIGATION: Hillary Sent Dozens Of Emails On Her BlackBerry From Russian And China, Raising Risk Profile)
The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch published emails showing that the National Security Agency (NSA) rebuffed Clinton’s request for a secure BlackBerry like the type that President Obama used.
Clinton hoped to be able to use a BlackBerry while at the executive suites at the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom. NSA officials shut down the idea.
Clinton began using her private email system a month later. She also only used a personal BlackBerry during her entire tenure at the State Department, and not one issued by the agency. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that the emails show that Clinton knew that her BlackBerry was not secure.