• Hillary’s IT Contractor Did Not Have Clearance To Access Confidential Materials

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entrusted her email server to an IT firm that was not cleared to handle classified materials, according to chief spokesman for the the Defense Security Service, the Daily Caller News Foundation has confirmed.

    The DSS is an arm of the Defense Department and is the only federal agency authorized to approve private sector company access to sensitive or confidential material.

    Platte River Networks, the small Denver-based company used by Secretary Clinton since 2103, does not possess such clearance.  Clinton used the firm to upgrade and maintain her private email server at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

    “Platte River is not cleared” to have access to classified material, stated Cindy McGovern, chief public affairs officer for DSS in a telephone interview with the DCNF.

    The agency reviews and approves private contractors to assure they have secure facilities and approves security clearances for employees to clear them for access to sensitive or classified materials.

    About 13,000 companies have received FCL or facility-wide clearance.  But Platte River is not one of them.

    Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, told the DCNF that the Platt River involvement “raises serious questions” about the security surrounding Secretary Clinton’s server over the last two years.

    “The revelation that Secretary Clinton used a private company, Platte River Networks, to maintain her personal server raises questions about what steps the company took to preserve and secure sensitive information in Secretary Clinton’s email.”

    The DSS provides clearances to 30 federal departments and agencies, including the State Department.

    Alex McGeorge, the head of threat intelligence at the IT cybersecurity firm Immunity told the DCNF that all facilities approved for access to classified materials need a “SCIF,” a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility” also known as a hardened room.

    “It’s a room that is resistant to eavesdropping and unauthorized entry limited to personnel with security clearances.  That would be a room that where data coming in and out of the room is tightly controlled,” he said.

    If the server contained TOP Secret documents, which the FBI has confirmed, “you would have to have very compartmentalized clearance to see.  Those standards are much higher,” McGeorge said

    Platte River has not responded to requests for comment from DCNF.

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