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

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Judicial Watch"? The jews are watching?

14. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

No blackberry, no problem! I'll just go get my own server and install it in my bathroom.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder if The Blackberry Perv... Opps, I mean, Pirv (Honest mistake) possess the same level of encryption and security...? Blackberry should've stick with the BB10 platform... Now, there are just two Titans in the world of smartphone... We need SONS OF CRONUS... Ah! Enough with the mythology and technology... G'Day!

4. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

You don't seem to like BB? You secretly admire IOS, but you use Android?

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's nothing wrong with secretly admiring something that just works well.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Guess that's why you secretly love Android then.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I will use anything that works for whatever purpose I need it to work for.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@S-R-K I do admire iOS, but not 'secretly' as you describe it... And I admire it as much as I admire Android for its versatility & Windows Mobile Platform for its simplicity and overall fluidness... All OS's have their strengths and weakness... And I like and dislike them for different reasons...! G'Day!

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Lmao, Blackberry Perv for the perverts haha. I thought the same before. I wasn't much into Blackberry going Android but it turned out to be a success. And its not like they completely ditched BB10. They're making both so its fine.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're putting more effort into the Android front because that's the only way possible.

11. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

BlackBerry puts equal efforts on it's OS and on Android as well. Nothing more, nothing less.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Source link proving that BlackBerry is putting more effort into Android than BB10? They wouldn't have two OS updates scheduled for BB10 if that were the case.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's just my opinion, get off my back about it.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's an uninformed opinion. Stop being so salty because I called you out on it.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It is not you megalomaniac.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is, you idiot. That's why you couldn't provide a link to back up your BS.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And you say I'm paranoid?

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are paranoid. No need for me to even say it.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you don't say it, you just spew it every day.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why would I need to "spew" something that you clearly show with no help from me?

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop spewing bs, you're stinking everything up.

72. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Stop being an attention-wh*re, you're stinking-up peoples's conversations!

90. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nah I think you're smelling your own funk from all of the butt kissing you've been doing in the comments section here.

105. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

You're the one who began this whole trouble. Ranting on my conversation with meanestgenius. I ought to defend a case in which I'm concerned. It's you who is butt-kissing and starving for our attention. You haven't gotten enough yet? smh

79. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that you're the one with the chronic halitosis from kissing so much Apple @$$, it's your breath that's stinking up the place.

80. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Haha MG! You just kill everything he posts. K.O! Well done.

81. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, thanks Adreno! I would say that I don't know why this idiot even bothers to post his uninformed BS here, but I already know the answer. He's a troll desperate for attention. He's actually made himself famous here for it, no doubt in an attempt to make up for his inadequacies in real life.

92. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you wish. I have no inadequacies. That's rich coming from the guy who has admitted to making several aliases for defending Blackberry and fighting the good fight.

96. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sure you do. That's why you troll incessantly. You have no life and no friends. And considering that Hexacore was the one that outed you for having multiple faux accounts, you really don't have a leg to stand on here.

117. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh I have a leg to stand on. You admitted to having aliases, which isn't surprising since you made your current account as soon as your previous one was banned.

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