Clinton snubbed cybersecurity briefing at State Department
- Hillary Clinton skipped a special 2011 briefing on cybersecurity that members of her staff at the State Department organized specifically for her, according to information revealed Friday.
- Julia Frifield, a staffer at the department, divulged the information to Congress last month. A March 3 letter from the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, described the revelation.
- “On February 18, 2016, Ms. Julia Frifield, the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, sent us that classified PowerPoint presentation used in the cybersecurity briefing, along with an unclassified cover letter,” states the letter authored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
- “The unclassified cover letter noted that ‘although the PowerPoint indicated the briefing was for former Secretary Clinton, we understand from the testimony of the briefers, that she was not in attendance,’” Grassley adds.
- Grassley’s letter demanded that Kerry declassify the information contained in the special briefing, and that Kerry respond to the request by March 17. Grassley’s office publicized the exchange on March 25, an apparent indication that Kerry did not respond positively.