NSA refused to let Hillary use a BlackBerry when she was Secretary of State

NSA refused to let Hillary use a BlackBerry when she was Secretary of State
Judicial Watch requested some information under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents revealed that the NSA and Hillary Clinton's team went at each other back in 2009 over the then secretary of state's desire to own a BlackBerry handset for work. Among the documents received under the FOIA request was an email dated February 18th, 2009 which said that Secretary Clinton's "request to obtain secure Blackberry technology...was denied."

Clinton's team pointed out that the current wireless hardware used by the administration was not user friendly, had no infrastructure at the State Department, and was very expensive. At the same time, it was noted that whenever someone from Clinton's camp would inquire how Obama's well-known BlackBerry addiction was being handled at the White House, they were told to "shut up and color."

Another email revealed that Hillary did not use a PC at the time, and got hooked on using a BlackBerry during the 2008 campaign. Her desire was to use the device to stay in touch with her email during the day. Other information showed that Clinton's predecessor, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, wanted BlackBerry handsets for her staff. From a security standpoint, this was deemed to be unmanageable and the request was denied.

If Clinton does make a triumphant return to the White House next January, it will be interesting to see if she once again requests a new BlackBerry, or has her tastes in smartphones changed since 2009?

source: JudicialWatch via Gizmodo

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152 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Because BlackBerry's security is just too good. And those hackers at NSA would not have been able to spy on what she does with her phone. #EdwardSnowden #Whistleblower

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Security is one of the few things that still makes Blackberry relevant.

12. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Says who? You? You're point of view isn't every one else's! There are people to whom BlackBerry's ecosystem, - not just security - devices and services are still RELEVANT. Get over it!

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

That is 100% correct, Adreno. Too many people here don't factor in (either by choice or by ignorance), the fact that while security is at the forefront of what BlackBerry does, they are also in the auto-infotainment industry as well as the IoT. And that their ecosystem extends well beyond security through their QNX RTOS.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Point out in my comment where I said Blackberry's offerings don't extend past security.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Are you feeling guilty about something? Because I never said you said that. Paranoid much?

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

In other words, you were spewing BS? Good to know.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

More like you've become so paranoid because of your incessant trolling over the years that you always think someone is accusing you of something. That's all your fault to begin with.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

More like you were spewing bs because you couldn't point out where I said Blackberry's offerings doesn't extend past security.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, like I said: Paranoid and guilty.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm giving you the option of either put up or shut the f- up. So far you have done neither. I'll ask again - Point out in my comment where I said Blackberry's offerings don't extend past security.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I'm giving you the option of paranoid or guilty, of which your idiot @$$ is most like both. I'll try and break it down in "idiot" for you, even though it's your language and not mine: "A-duuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh! Which way did he go? Uh-huh, uh-huh! Which way did he go?"

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So in other words, you have nothing? I should have known. You're full of crap, but that's expected when everything that comes out of your mouth IS crap.

73. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

What meanestgenius said about BB's services expanding beyond security was to solidify his claims, and prove that BB is well relevant beyond security. He did not say you claimed that BB's services does not go beyond security. Get it, loser.

83. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And what I said was point out in my comment where I said BB doesn't extend past security. I can understand you coming to the defense of your lover, but don't step into the kitchen if you can't take the heat.

93. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awww! Mxy is jealous that my attention isn't all his! I'd be flattered if it wasn't so damn creepy.

100. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Awww! He's starved for your attention. lmao

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nope, that would be you Adreno.

106. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't flatter yourself you megalomaniac. I'm just calling it like I see it. Why would I need the attention of a pompous Blackberry fan? Besides I'm already pulling your strings as it is right now. All I have to do is say one negative thing about Blackberry and you'll be like an angry hornet on a monthly cycle.

120. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, you want my attention and you know it. You intentionally go out of your way to try and get it, you lonely troll. And it's the other way around. I'm pulling YOU'RE strings. It's so obvious by the way you to attempt to prove that you don't want my attention. Either that, or just say "Apple sucks" and watch you come running. You're just a lonely, pathetic, attention-seeking w***e looking for someone to follow around on the Internet.

133. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like you intentionally go into articles and look for when I comment in hopes that I would bring your name up? Lol, I don't care if you say Apple sucks. Unlike you, that doesn't bother me as much as someone saying Blackberry sucks gets under your skin, again as evident in this article right here: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Take-20-off-of-the-BlackBerry-Passport-with-the-manufacturers-Spring-promotion_id79544 You're just a lonely, pompous, attention-seeking megalomaniac who needs people to feed your massive ego. "I'm pulling YOU'RE strings." Looks like you need to pull out YOUR grammar book.

144. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And why would you be concerned that I'm searching articles to see if you mentioned my name unless you were in articles mentioning my name? Are you that much on my sack that you simply MUST call out my name, even when I'm not around? The answer is a resounding YES. And who do you think you're fooling? Of course you care if I say something negative about Apple: http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-signs-patent-deals-with-Canon-and-IGT-over-power-charging-technology_id78303 You got quite salty when I mentioned the words "patent troll" pertaining to the other fruit-flavored company in the above article I linked, so cut the BS out about you not caring if I mention Apple in a way you don't approve. And STOP MIMICKING ME. All you're doing when you mimic me is prove me right about you idolizing me and wanting to be me. And considering that you have some strange aversion to PUNCTUATION, and like your comments to read like run-on sentences like a 4 year old typed it, I think you need to pull out YOUR grammar book.

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, get off my sack. I was talking to Adreno about how people don't know or refuse to admit/acknowledge the other things BlackBerry is into. I never responded to you or even mentioned your name. If you're feeling guilty or paranoid about what you said, that's YOU'RE f-ing problem. Stop trying to pick fights you know you can't win, stop seeking my attention, and get off my sack.

82. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not the one who's on your sack, your little lover Adreno is. I'm asking you to put up or stfu, plain and simple. I addressed him and you seeing as both of you were responding to my comment. It's a public forum, get over it. Don't get salty just because I called you got caught in your bs spewing. Cry me a river and get over it.

94. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You've been on my sack since BEFORE Adreno was even here. And I don't give a sht what your asking, I SAID you're a paranoid little troll that thinks that everything is about him. Newsflash, @$$hat: you're NOT important. You never were. And your comment #35 was addressing ME, you dimwitted imbecile. Get some reading comprehension in your life. If you're feeling guilty about what I said, then perhaps it DOES pertain to you. Stop acting like a spoiled brat crying all over this comments section, and own up to your BS. Now hop off my sack and quit being an attention w***e.

101. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

wow, you've trashed his ass very well. Lmfao

109. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be an @$$ kisser.

128. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

It's exactly what you are doing, and what I should tell you: stop being an ass kisser. loser.

108. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I never said I wasn't addressing your comment you idiot. Lol don't blow a fuse just because I called you out to point out something in my comment you thought I said or implied. You are the one who needs to get some reading comprehension because it looks like yours is lacking here. Stop acting like a prissy hornet and get over it. I'm not on your sack, that's your lover, Adreno.

121. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's always funny when a paranoid individual like yourself that's having a hissy fit tries to project their behavior onto someone else. It's even funny when said paranoid person is guilty of something that you said and reacts poorly to it, even though you never mentioned said persons name. In other words: You're BUSTED. You told on yourself, idiot. You really do make this too easy. Now hop off my sack.

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