Saturday evening, WikiLeaks released a previously unseen email from Hillary Clinton, written on November 30, 2010, during her term as Secretary of State.
In the email, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act, Clinton was praising the author of a Huffington Post article who had defended her after it was reported that she had ordered US diplomats to obtain DNA and passwords from UN officials.
WikiLeaks tweeted, “New email from Hillary Clinton (“[email protected]”) released by State Department talking about @WikiLeaks exposing her ordering US diplomats to steal DNA and passwords from UN leadership.”
Clinton wrote in the email, “Nice words from David. Can we get other voices out there making the case? Even my husband told me he was confused about my ordering diplomats to “spy” at the UN and was relieved to hear I had nto but wondered why I didn’t say that. Also, Stengel at TIME interviewed Assange by Skype and give him a platform to call for me to resign over my spying. I think we need to address this.”
New email from Hillary Clinton (“[email protected]”) released by State Department talking about @WikiLeaks exposing her ordering US diplomats to steal DNA and passwords from UN leadership https://t.co/2gecoOgH4L
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 6, 2018
Along with the Tweet, WikiLeaks provided a link to the “backstory” on the matter, published by The Guardian on Nov. 28, 2010. The Guardian wrote:
A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton’s name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications.
It called for detailed biometric information “on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders” as well as intelligence on Ban’s “management and decision-making style and his influence on the secretariat”. A parallel intelligence directive sent to diplomats in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi said biometric data included DNA, fingerprints and iris scans.