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State Department Whistleblowers: Clinton Ignored Security Rules, 'Violated the Law'

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Two State Department contractors spoke out today for the first time about how Hillary Clinton flouted government security clearance rules during her tenure as secretary of state. The contractors, who have decades of experience protecting the United States’ most sensitive secrets, told Fox News that the rules did not seem to apply to Clinton and her team.  The whistleblowers, Dave Whitnah and Amel Smith, have filed a complaint against the State Department, according to Fox News.

“The State Department was her oyster and it was great for the [Clinton] foundation and great for the Clintons to be able to have such a great position,” Dave Whitnah told Fox News.

Whitnah said he worked within the State Department’s Office of Security Technology which is responsible for cameras and alarms and sweeping for bugs. Whitnah said everyone understood the secretary of state is the primary target of foreign intelligence services.

“The number one person would be the secretary of state and their communications,” Whitnah explained. “You can think of the Iran negotiations, nuclear negotiation, negotiations with Russia, talks with Russia. You know, anything to do with foreign policy.”

Whitnah emphasized that tens of millions of dollars were spent on technical security for Clinton that apparently was disregarded as her team traveled around the world on official U.S. government business.

“It was unfathomable that [her BlackBerry] would be used for anything other than just unclassified communication,” Whitnah said. Clinton’s devices were not certified as secure by the State Department. As for her use of a non-secure BlackBerry, Whitnah stressed that email can be intercepted and, “Even if turned off, it’s still a listening device so that’s why you take out the batteries.”

Government contractor Amel Smith said, “State Department rules are clear. I helped write those rules.”

“I hear things like, well, I forgot, um, I don’t know that I was trained, I don’t know this. You know — every single person that had access to that information when it was sent is in violation,” Smith emphasized.

The FBI witness interviews also show secure facilities for classified information — known as SCIFs — were specially built for Clinton in her in Washington, D.C., and Chappaqua, N.Y., homes. Doors that were supposed to be locked were left open.

Smith told Fox News, “Personally, there had to have been somebody moving classified information from C-LAN — C-LAN again is Secret, Confidential only — and JWICS. JWICS is where all top-secret information is.” He added, “If you’ve got an uncleared person in there, it’s automatically a compromise. Whether it’s the private email server, whether it’s this private laptop. If there’s classified — one document on there — that’s classified, it’s a violation. Somebody violated [the] law. Throw all the politics out the window, what we’re talking about is the defense of this nation.”

According to FBI documents released last month, Clinton’s Secret Service detail also witnessed Clinton’s lax security practices while she was in office.

DS agents were “indignant” because she refused to leave her BlackBerry outside of her office as required (because it is a SCIF).  The agents, on the other hand, were required to leave their cell phones at the door.

As the contractors told Fox News, “The rules did not seem to apply to Clinton.”

The American people can expect to see more such lawlessness from Clinton if she — God forbid — becomes president.