Hillary Clinton was silly but did nothing illegal

hillary-sillyHillary Clinton was jolly silly when it came to network security, but an FBI investigation said she did nothing wrong.

After all, if they locked Hillary up for being a bit insecure when it came to data, they would probably have to lock up every network manager, or owner of a corporate network in the country.

The FBI Director James Comey rebuked the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate for “extremely careless” handling of classified information.

Republicans, which hoped Hillary would have been jailed for her “crimes” are trying to make the best of it.  House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest- ranking elected U.S. Republican, said in a statement that Comey’s announcement “defies explanation.”  Probably because it was not the explanation he wanted.

He is planning to haul Comey over the coals before the testify before the House Oversight Committee to see if he can squeeze a bit more mileage from the situation as the election arises. The issue then starts to get as dull as trying to find the other scandals that the Republicans try to pin on the Clintons.

However, what is clear is that as far as security is concerned, the Clinton’s cocked up. But it was the sort of cock up that people do when setting up networks.  Silly, risky, but not worth jailing the CEO or the network manager for.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of the classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.

No reasonable prosecutor would bring charges, he said. Of course the Republicans would cheerfully dig up a few banjo picking red-neck prosecutors from its ranks, it is unlikely they would get anywhere.

The reason is that the courts are not interested in whether or not Clinton lied to anyone, they are interested if she knowingly set up an insecure server and leaked classified information.  The evidence says she didn’t.  She said up a private email network which did not meet the security standards of for government use and a few emails ended up on it. Lots of companies have done the same thing.  A few have been bitten, and some, like Clinton, were lucky to get away with it.

At a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday night, Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, said the controversy should disqualify Clinton from being president and that her email system may well have been hacked by US enemies.

However, Trump must be aware that he is on shaky ground with that argument. After all, has he got total confidence that none of his companies have ever been hacked because network security was not up to par? There was a small matter of his voice mails being hacked by anonymous. His presidential campaign website, DonaldJTrump.com, was hacked and press releases replaced.  While Clinton’s site was a bit insecure at least it was not hacked. Is he saying that every company which has set up an insecure network should be jailed?  If that is the case he would have to be carting himself off too.

The issue here, which is being over looked by almost everyone, is the fact that corporates and politicians have a woeful ignorance of computer security. The issue is not trying drag these types into court, but to educate.