New State Department documents released on Tuesday show evidence of repeated attempts to hack Hillary Clinton’s private server in late November 2010.
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained the documents as part of its ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that seeks information about Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano’s involvement with the private server system. The documents were part of the more than 15,000 emails discovered by the FBI during its investigation into Clinton’s use of private email server.
The documents show between November 27, 2010 to November 29, 2010, Pagliano sent ten emails to Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper warning about apparent hacking attempts on the private server. On November 30, 2010, Cooper appears to have forwarded the entire exchange with Pagliano to the Secret Service.
“These new emails show that the Clinton email server was subject to an aggressive and targeted hacking attempt. And we now know that yet another government agency, the United States Secret Service, not only knew about the Clinton email system but that it was the target of hacking,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement obtained by LawNewz.com. “The Clinton email scandal has now widened to yet another Obama administration agency.”
This is not the first time State Department emails have provided evidence of attempts to hack Clinton’s private server. A previous email release included a January 2011 exchange in which Cooper mentioned having to “shut down” the server due to a hack attempts. Additionally, Pagliano told FBI agents during his interview that the server was hit with many “brute force attacks” that registered as failed login attempts. The new Judicial Watch documents appear to serve as an example of one such brute force attack incident.
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