In the 2013 video, veteran diplomat Wendy Sherman speaks enthusiastically to the American Foreign Service Association about how Clinton’s profligate use of her BlackBerry was revolutionizing “the way diplomacy is done.”
Indeed, Clinton and her trusted aides could share all kinds of information on these amazing BlackBerry devices — even information that “would never be on an unclassified system” normally.
“Now we have BlackBerries, and it has changed the way diplomacy is done,” Sherman, who was undersecretary of state at the time, said in the 2013 on-camera remarks. “Things appear on your BlackBerries that would never be on an unclassified system. But you’re out traveling, you’re trying to negotiate something. You want to communicate with people, it’s the fastest way to do it.”
Sherman even cited Clinton’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2011 as a real-world example of how the new technology was changing the way classified information was shared:
The secretary of state met with Lady Ashton of the European Union and, according to Sherman, the two high officials used their BlackBerries to conduct Middle East peace negotiations.
“So they sat there, as they were having the meeting, with their BlackBerries, transferring language back and forth between them and between their aides to multitask in a quite a new fashion,” said Sherman. “To have the meeting and at the same time be working on the Quartet statement.”
The Middle East Quartet is involved in facilitating the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and consists of the U.S., the U.N., the E.U., and Russia.
Previous email releases by the State Department of Clinton’s official correspondence show that in September 2011, Clinton aide Jake Sullivan forwarded her an email chain on the Quartet statement.
The State Department considered the correspondence sensitive enough that the department deemed some of those emails to now be classified, and officials redacted details before the emails were released to the public.
Just listen to this woman:
Why did that not raise eyebrows at the time?
According to the conservative super PAC America Rising, the now released emails referenced by Sherman were designated “classified” with the following codes:
1.4 (b) Foreign government information
1.4 (d) Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources