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China Has Been Reading Emails of Top Obama Admin. Officials Since 2010: Report


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A top-secret document revealed that the private email accounts of top U.S. government officials going back to 2010 were accessed by Chinese hackers, NBC News reported.


Citing a 2014 NSA briefing that code named the attack on email providers “Dancing Panda” and then “Legion Amethyst,” NBC News revealed Monday that an intrusion of personal emails was discovered in April 2010 and it noted a senior official saying it is still happening now. NBC also reported that the timeframe covers when democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used a private email account for some of her exchanges as Secretary of State.


Here’s more from NBC’s report:


The senior official says the private emails of “all top national security and trade officials” were targeted.


The Chinese also harvested the email address books of targeted officials, according to the document, reconstructing and then “exploiting the(ir) social networks” by sending malware to their friends and colleagues.


The time period overlaps with Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while Secretary of State from Jan. 21, 2009 to Feb. 1, 2013. The names and ranks of the officials whose emails were actually grabbed, however, were not disclosed in the NSA briefing nor by the intelligence official.


This association comes less than a week after GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker said during the first primary debate “the Russian and Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton’s email servers than members of the United States Congress.”


The unidentified senior official speaking with NBC News said the government-issued emails for officials were not considered at risk.



In China, email reads you.

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Clinton relents, gives up possession of private email server
Aug. 11, 2015 9:41 PM EDT




WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton relented Tuesday to months of demands she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.


The decision advances the investigation into the Democratic presidential front-runner's use of a private email account as the nation's top diplomat, and whether classified information was improperly sent via and stored on the home-brew email server she ran from her house in suburban New York City.


Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said she has "pledged to cooperate with the government's security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them."


It's not clear if the device will yield any information — Clinton's attorney said in March that no emails from the main personal address she used while secretary of state still "reside on the server or on back-up systems associated with the server."


Clinton had to this point refused demands from Republican critics to turn over the server to a third party, with attorney David Kendall telling the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that "there is no basis to support the proposed third-party review of the server."


Republicans jumped on Tuesday's decision to change course, as well as the additional disclosure that two emails that traversed Clinton's personal system were subsequently given one of the government's highest classification ratings.



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