Clinton: State Department Is Far behind in Technology

Hillary Clinton believes the State Department is behind in technology matters, according to leaked speech transcripts she gave to private clients at some of the world’s best known financial institutions. Her speeches regarding the Department of State’s lackluster technology protocols were given in a speech to Goldman Sachs.

“People were not even allowed to use mobile devices because of security issues,” she lamented to Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. “Personally, having, you know, lived and worked in the White House, having been a senator, having been Secretary of State, there has traditionally been a great pool of very talented, hard-working people.” Clinton doesn’t believe U.S. government personnel policies have evolved with the changing technological landscape.

“When I got to the State Department, we were so far behind in technology, it was embarrassing,” she said. “And, you know, people were not even allowed to use mobile devices because of security issues and cost issues, and we really had to try to push into the last part of the 20th Century in order to get people functioning in 2009 and ‘10.”

The statements came three years before Marcel Lehel Lazar, known by his hacker pseudonym “Guccifer,” was sentenced to 52 months for hacking major politicians like Hillary Clinton, the Bush political family and others. Lazar exposed the existence of the much-debated private email server used by Hillary Clinton while the Democratic Presidential candidate was the U.S. secretary of state.

Prior to leaking Clinton’s speech transcripts, Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange held a press conference in which he announced whistleblowing documents that could impact the US presidential elections. Assange called the documents “revealing.”

Three years after she initially made the comments, Clinton’s warning about the Department of State’s technological prowess are no secret. Since that time, the Democratic National Convention was hacked, revealing a conspiracy to undermine the Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Clinton hasn’t had only problems with black hat hackers. One black hat cybersecurity firm endorsed the candidate.

Jeff Moss, the founder of Black Hat, said in a recent interview with NPR that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton in the November election rather than Donald Trump. He said:

If Hillary is sort of, almost status quo, and the devil we know, versus complete crazy unknown. I’m not willing to risk the country on the complete crazy unknown.

The comments were made public amid a dramatic presidential election which has much of the U.S. divided between Ms. Clinton and Donald Trump. Last weekend, tapes of Trump saying he liked to grab attractive women by the “pussy” changed the tone of the presidential election and seemed to give Ms. Clinton an advantage over what Moss calls “the complete crazy unknown.”

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