NSA Warned Trump WH on Private Email
As if this WH of any Administration ever should have needed to be warned about using private email use. After all, that’s ultimately what the election was about: thou shalt never use private emails. Of course, it was a phony issue from the start which is why senior Trump aides were using it from the start.
But even though they should never have needed the warning, the NSA did in fact warn them.
“The National Security Agency warned senior White House officials in classified briefings that improper use of personal cellphones and email could make them vulnerable to espionage by Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries, according to officials familiar with the briefings.”
“The briefings came soon after President Donald Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, and before some top aides, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, used their personal email and phones to conduct official White House business, as disclosed by POLITICO this week.”
“The NSA briefers explained that cyberspies could be using sophisticated malware to turn the personal cellphones of White House aides into clandestine listening devices, to take photos and video without the user’s knowledge and to transfer vast amounts of data via Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth, according to one former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the briefings.”
“The briefings were held in the White House Situation Room because of the sensitivity of the topics discussed, according to that official and three other former officials familiar with such briefings, which have been given to each incoming administration.”
Of course, the one lucky thing for Trump is he’s a dinosaur who doesn’t use email private or otherwise. That’s one way to avoid hackers. But he does have a private cell phone-an unsecure Android he conducts foreign policy on.
Yesterday we talked about the fact that there is now a WH internal probe of private email use
But their emails! WH begins internal probe of private email use; of particular interest is Jared & Ivanka https://t.co/v4pQcwT3pJ
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It’s internal but Congress is also very interested in learning more.
A major person of interest in the probe is: Jared Kushner. While Bannon and Priebus also used private email, Kushner remains in the WH. Though John Kelly is at a loss as to why:
This is a pointed out in the new Politico piece on the NSA’s warning:
“If Kushner did not adhere to the security precautions, it could lead to a significant security breach, the officials said, given his access to President Donald Trump and unique portfolio of responsibilities. Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, is the president’s point man on China, Syria, Middle East peace, and Afghanistan, along with innovation, infrastructure and other issues.”
Such a large portfolio and yet John Kelly doesn’t know what he does!
“Jared is probably one of the top five or 10 targets in the U.S. government because of his access to the president and because of the portfolios he’s been given,” said Richard Clarke, a former top cybersecurity advisor to three presidents. “It’s a pretty safe bet that his personal devices have been compromised by foreign intelligence services. And therefore there is some risk that meetings he attends are compromised too.”
“Jared Kushner has broken so many laws over the past year, it’s difficult to recite them all by memory. But those were mostly lies on paperwork, and sinister as they may have seemed, came with an inherent plausible deniability. Now Kushner is in a different kind of trouble. He’s the most prominent of Donald Trump’s White House advisers to use personal email on the job. Here’s the thing: there’s now proof that he knew what he was doing was wrong.”
Of course, he knew it was wrong as the Trump campaign ran-and won the election-on IT email security.
“All the way back in late January, shortly after Trump and his band of merry criminals took over the White House, the National Security Agency is confirmed to have briefed Jared Kushner on why he shouldn’t use personal email on the job (link). He went on to do it anyway, because he thinks the rules and laws don’t apply to him. This means that he can’t possibly use the ‘I’m too stupid and incompetent to have known I was doing something wrong’ defense when it comes to his emails.”
That’s what it really comes down to. Kushner, Bannon, Preibus, and friends knew perfectly well: again, the campaign was about nothing but private email.
But like Trump and everyone in his orbit, they presume the rules don’t apply to them. And that’s on us: we have to disabuse them of that notion.
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