NEW YORK (Web Desk) A chain of emails between United State (US) diplomats in Islamabad and their superiors in Washington involving drone strikes in 2011 and 2012 were forwarded by Hillary Clinton.
Former Secretary of State’s aides sent emails to her personal account and routed them to a private server that she kept at home, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Those emails were sent via the “low side” computer system for unclassified matters.as part of an arrangement that gave the State Department more input in whether CIA drone strikes went forward.
State Department officials told the FBI they used the less-secure system occasionally when decisions about imminent strikes had to be relayed quickly and US. diplomats in Pakistan or Washington did not have ready access to a more secure system, according to the report.
Law-enforcement and intelligence officials told the Journals that the State Department deliberations about the covert CIA drone programme should have been conducted over a more secure government computer system designed to handle classified information.
But officials told the Journal no evidence exists to suggest that intelligence officials in Pakistan were able to intercept the messages.
The CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan is not widely reported on in the US because officials have deemed it secret.
But in Pakistan, it’s publicly known that American drones have killed militants and innocent civilians.
“There’s no doubt that civilians were killed that shouldn’t have been,” President Barack Obama admitted in April”.
Emails sent over the unclassified computer system sometimes were informal discussions.
One exchange reported by the Journal came before Christmas in 2011 when the U.S. ambassador sent a note about a planned strike that sparked an email chain between Clinton’s senior advisers.