Hillary Clinton said Friday that FBI Director James Comey was merely “speculating” when he said earlier this week that her server might have been hacked by foreign agents.
“If you go by the evidence, there is no evidence that the system was breached or hacked successfully,” Clinton told Lester Holt during an interview on MSNBC.
“And I think that what’s important here is follow the evidence. And there is no evidence. And that can’t be said about a lot of other systems, including government systems,” she added.
She was responding to comments from Comey, who said in two separate settings this week that it was highly likely that Clinton’s email server was infiltrated by sophisticated foreign spy agencies.
He said during a press conference on Tuesday that while FBI investigators found no “direct evidence” that Clinton’s email domain was successfully hacked, he assessed that “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.”
He said that given the sophistication of foreign hackers and the fact that hackers did infiltrate commercial email accounts of people who emailed with Clinton, “we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence.”
“She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries.”
Clinton used her personal BlackBerry to send and received emails from hostile nations like China and Russia.
Though Comey’s less-than-definitive remarks were interpreted by many cyber security experts as an indication that Clinton’s server was indeed hacked — The New York Times ran a piece citing such experts — Clinton dismissed the idea as mere speculation on the FBI director’s part.
“I think he was speculating,” Clinton said of Comey’s statements, which he reiterated in sworn testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday.
Comey’s cautious comments suggested that it was highly likely that Clinton’s server was breached, experts told several news outlets, including The New York Times.