Yahoo holds key to FBI probe of Hillary-Huma emails
NEW YORK – Yahoo.com holds the key to determining just how severely Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton may have violated national-security laws with emails that Huma forwarded to herself at email@example.com, which ended up on a laptop owned by her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The FBI has the legal authority to force Yahoo to disclose whether IPs belonging to third parties, including foreign third parties, had access to read in real time – and in non-redacted form – emails that Abedin forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org that ended up on Wiener’s laptop.
On Aug. 29, WND reported two-thirds of Abedin’s released emails were forwarded to personal addresses she controlled.
Yahoo refuses to cooperate
In August, WND realized that anyone with Abedin’s Yahoo email account username and password could have accessed email@example.com to read in real time – and in a non-redacted form – all State Department emails, including those with classified information that Abedin forwarded to herself.
As WND reported Sept. 6, several of the emails Abedin forwarded to her account at firstname.lastname@example.org were found to contain such highly sensitive material that the State Department redacted 100 percent of the content pages, marking many pages with a bold stamp reading “PAGE DENIED.”
By taking it offline, Abedin could have given the user name and password to a third party, including a foreign third party, without State Department IT administrators, or the IT administrators of the Clinton’s private server, realizing it.
To determine if others were accessing her email@example.com because Abedin had given them username and password access, or because the outside users had obtained username and password access via other means, including hacking, the fact and frequency of outside IP access to firstname.lastname@example.org could only be determined with certainty if Yahoo could be forced to turn over that information.
The Washington Times reported in August 2015 that the State Department had admitted to a federal judge that Abedin and Mills used personal email accounts to conduct government business in addition to Clinton’s private clintonemail.com to transact State Department business.
In September and October, WND made repeated attempts, contacting attorneys and security experts, to see if there was a way to get Yahoo.com to disclose all IP addresses that may have accessed email@example.com, suspecting both that Abedin may have downloaded her firstname.lastname@example.org on a device owned by or shared with her husband, or possibly via an IP address located in a foreign country.
WND was aware that on Sept. 22, a Yahoo! Inc. press release confirmed that hackers in 2014 had swiped at least a half-billion Yahoo accounts, stealing names, email addresses, phone number, birthdays, and in some instances, even hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
While Yahoo’s investigation suggested the stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, Yahoo encouraged users to change usernames and passwords.
On Sept. 1, the Romanian hacker Miarcel Lehel Lazar, known online as “Guccifer,” had been sentenced on Sept. 1 to 52 months in prison for hacking passwords and employing social-engineering tactics including fraud, identity theft, and harassment to successfully hack into the email accounts of celebrities, business executives, and political figures such Sidney Blumenthal, an adviser with whom Secretary Hillary Clinton corresponded using her private email account at the State Department.
On July 25, 2012, WND reported that Abedin has family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, including having worked on the editorial board of a Saudi-financed Islamic think tank alongside Abdull Omar Naseef, a Muslim extremist with close ties to the Abedin family who has been accused of financing al-Qaida fronts.
In that article, WND further reported then–Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota sent letters to the inspectors general at the departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice asking that they investigate Muslim Brotherhood influence on U.S. government officials, noting with particular concern that Abedin has three family members – her late father, her mother, and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.
Huma’s complex use of email@example.com
Careful analysis of the Huma Abedin emails, released to Judicial Watch on August 17, made WND aware in August and September that in addition to Huma Abedin forwarding an estimated two-thirds of all State Department emails written by her and/or addressed to her to firstname.lastname@example.org, Secretary Clinton and others in the State Department freely used email@example.com in transmitting and receiving State Department emails.