A former State Department official dropped a bombshell on Hillary Clinton Wednesday by claiming her "sloppy communications" while secretary of state may have tipped off terrorists and arms dealers.
Bill Johnson, previously a political adviser to the U.S. Pacific Command, claimed that on two occasions, the loose communications policies of Clinton and her immediate staff may have allowed U.S. targets to get away.
"Johnson says he and his team eliminated the possibility of other security leaks before settling on the unprotected telephone calls of the secretary of state and her aides as the likely source," reported Newsweek.
Though Johnson says that he has no definitive proof, he points out that American efforts to get at Philippines Islamist terrorist Umbra Jumdail were constantly thwarted as someone was clearly tipping Jumdail off.
He eventually chalked it up to loose chatter between the State Department and the unsecured American embassy in Manilla, which was easy to spy on. In what the magazine calls a "dramatic solution," U.S. forces stopped giving a heads-up to any senior State Department officials.
That appeared to do the trick. Jumdail and two senior aides were eventually pinpointed and killed in an airstrike.
Johnson also suspects that "sloppy" State Department communication was responsible for foiling an operation that was tracking agents from the United Arab Emirates, "who were suspected of buying advanced remote-control bomb devices from China to use against U.S. troops in Iraq."
U.S. agents might have got them in Bangkok, said Johnson, but "word of it leaked."
Johnson isn't explicitly blaming Clinton for the failure, but he isn't dismissing the possibility either. He charges that she and fellow senior staff routinely rejected calls for secure communications, and may have thereby compromised government actions.
The allegation comes on the same day as the State Department Inspector General issued a damning report that hit Clinton over mishandling of records. She "did not comply with the department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," the report determined.