Hackers with links to Russia tried to infiltrate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home e-mail server at least five times — even as other e-mails show her making cavalier jokes about Chinese hackers, according to the latest e-mails released by the State Department.
The scammers sent Clinton five infected e-mails disguised as New York speeding tickets on Aug. 3, 2011.
New York State Police had warned of the scam in July 2011, saying the messages would implant computer viruses when unsuspecting users opened them. The ruse had been linked to Russian hackers and could have been caught by most commercial anti-virus software.
Police directed victims to delete the e-mails, but Clinton preserved them.
The hack attempts were revealed in 6,000 pages of e-mails released Wednesday by the department as part of its monthly Clinton document dump.
A Clinton spokesman maintains there’s zero proof that her home server was ever breached.
“We have no evidence to suggest she replied to this e-mail or that she opened the attachment,” Nick Merrill said.
The e-mails revealed Clinton was aware of hackers and even joked about them.
Following a Chinese e-mail hack of Google in the summer of 2011, Clinton wondered how she had e-mailed a colleague on the recipient’s home Gmail address when Clinton had only the pal’s state.gov address in her address book.
“So how did that happen. Must be the Chinese!” the then-secretary of state mused.
The e-mails also show Clinton appealing to underlings to help her with minor tasks.
In one, to top aide Huma Abedin, Clinton’s subject line read, “HELP” when her delayed plane was stuck on the tarmac.
“Pls do all you can to get us flying and if that doesn’t work, I want to drive,” she said in a July 8, 2011 e-mail.
In a 2010 e-mail sent to three staffers as she traveled to Long Island, Clinton complained about losing NPR on her radio, and asked for help getting it back.
“I lost the WNYC signal half way down the island and can’t figure out from Google what the next stations are,” she wrote.
When no one responded after a day, she said, “Did any of you get this?”
In an Oct. 16, 2011, e-mail, she complained about using her BlackBerry, saying, “I can’t get the ringer on.”
She lamented in a Feb. 10, 2010, e-mail that the White House operator didn’t believe it was the real Secretary Clinton on the line.
“Right now I’m fighting w the WH operator who doesn’t believe I am who I say and wants my direct office line even tho I’m not there,” she tells Abedin.
In one exchange, Clinton is upset the State Department phased out the use of terms “mother” and “father” on passport applications in favor of “parent one” and “parent two.”
“Who made the decision?” she wrote Jan. 8, 2011, after reading about it in The Washington Post.
She said she feared it would cause “a huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al.”