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A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.

The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia.

Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion, according to a former intelligence officer with expertise in cybersecurity issues, who was briefed on the matter. He spoke anonymously, as he was not authorized to publicly address the Chinese’s role with Clinton’s server.

Among those FBI officials was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Strzok was fired this month following the discovery he sent anti-Trump texts to his mistress and co-worker, Lisa Page. Strzok didn’t act on the information the ICIG provided him, according to Gohmert.

Gohmert mentioned in the Judiciary Committee hearing that ICIG officials told Strzok and three other top FBI officials that they found an “anomaly” on Clinton’s server.

The former intelligence officer TheDCNF spoke with said the ICIG “discovered the anomaly pretty early in 2015.”

“When [the ICIG] did a very deep dive, they found in the actual metadata — the data which is at the header and footer of all the emails — that a copy, a ‘courtesy copy,’ was being sent to a third party and that third party was a known Chinese public company that was involved in collecting intelligence for China,” the former intelligence officer told TheDCNF.

“The [the ICIG] believe that there was some level of phishing. But once they got into the server something was embedded,” he said. “The Chinese are notorious for embedding little surprises like this.”

The intelligence officer declined to name the Chinese company.



An FBI official said Wednesday the bureau has not found any evidence to back up a claim made by a conservative news organization and spread by President Donald Trump that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked by a Chinese-owned company.

“The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised,” the official told CNN and other media outlets Wednesday.

The Daily Caller reported late Tuesday that an unnamed Chinese firm operating in the Washington, DC, area hacked Clinton’s private server and obtained “nearly all her emails.” Trump quickly seized on the report to call on federal law enforcement to investigate the matter. The report that Trump was using cited two anonymous sources briefed on the matter, though Trump himself said hours later on Twitter that stories based on anonymous sources are “fiction.”

In one tweet, the President also made light of Russia’s attacks on the 2016 US election.

“Report just out: ‘China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.’ Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!” Trump wrote Tuesday night.

CNN has reached out to the White House and National Security Council for comment.

The FBI’s statement to all media directly disputing Trump’s claim was a rare move that did not go unnoticed by former law enforcement officials.

“As chief executive, the President has access to every piece of classified information in the holdings of the US government,” said Josh Campbell, a CNN analyst and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. “In the amount of time it took him to draft a tweet spreading unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo, he could have picked up the phone and gotten the actual story from the agency heads who report to him.”

The Chinese foreign ministry responded on Wednesday to Trump’s claim, saying it opposes “all forms of cyberattacks” and that “China is a champion of cybersecurity.”

During a daily press conference in Beijing on Wednesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Hua Chunying, told reporters that the accusations were “nothing new” and that the “cyber issue is a global one” that “needs to be addressed by all countries.”

Former FBI Director James Comey said as recently as May that the FBI found no evidence of penetration but there were concerns.

“It was a serious concern of ours for reasons I can’t get into. But we never found the evidence that — technical indicators — that there was penetration by an adversary of that system,” Comey said when asked about China or others reading Clinton’s emails.

In 2016, Comey said that even though the FBI found no evidence Clinton’s account server was hacked, “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.”

Yet the Justice Department’s Inspector General reviewed the issue extensively and issued a report in June that found a portion Comey’s statement was “based almost entirely on speculation and without any evidence from the (Clinton) investigation to support his claim.”





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