A new batch of emails released by the U.S. State Department Oct. 30 reveal Clinton had used her personal account to exchange e-mails with Hollywood celebrities during her stint as Secretary of State, the Guardian reported.
Chris Stevens — the U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 — did not have Clinton’s personal email address, even though she claimed he was “a friend.”
Clinton, who had assigned Stevens to the dangerous mission in Libya, said at the Oct. 22 Benghazi Senate hearings that she never gave Stevens her personal email address, which she used for work (see video).
In the months preceding his death at the hands of extremist Libyan terrorists, Ambassador Stevens and State Department personnel in Libya made 600 requests to Clinton’s official government email address pleading for more security, all of which were either ignored or rejected.
A review of emails from Clinton’s personal account (which she used mostly for work) showed she exchanged tens of thousands of e-mails with lots of people — including celebrities like Ben Affleck and Lady Gaga — preceding the terrorist attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and two Navy SEALS: Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
However, there wasn’t a single email exchange between Clinton and Ambassador Stevens despite his repeated requests for more security. At the Benghazi hearings, Clinton said she thought Stevens’ 600 desperate email pleas were jokes.
“One of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor,” said Clinton. “And I just see him smiling as he’s typing this.”
Clinton has come under fire for using a personal email address linked to a private server located in her New York home while serving as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Critics say her poor judgment made her emails (many of which contained confidential, sensitive or classified information) vulnerable to hacking by enemies of the United States.
However, experts say Clinton still received emails containing sensitive or classified information that compromised national security and endangered State Department personnel. As Secretary of State, Clinton oversaw employees in 190 countries around the world.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, said Clinton should be prosecuted and jailed for treason.
“I think it’s time to put a former federal prosecutor on the same stage as Hillary Clinton,” said Gov. Christie. “The fact that she had a private email server in her basement using national security secrets running through it, could have been hacked by the Russians, the Chinese, or two 18-year-olds on the tube wanting to have some fun. No one’s answering that question from the Hillary Clinton camp because she knows she’s wrong.”