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Background check on Clinton’s private email server reveals new names

Servergate scandal reveals some chilling new information — and it doesn’t come from WikiLeaks.

Did the CEO at eChinaCash have access to classified information coming from or going to Clinton’s private email server?
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MENLO PARK, CA, UNITED STATES, October 29, 2016 / -- Did ​Hillary ​Clinton’s technology team conduct background checks on the companies and persons involved with protecting the emails being sent and received from the server in her home?

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Clinton Executive Services Corp. (CESC) handled the technology services including security and other matters for Hillary Clinton. ​Its CEO, Hartina ‘Tina’ Flournoy, has held positions including Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, Assistant to the President for Public Policy at the American Federation of Teachers, and numerous legal and political positions in the Democratic Party.

One vendor who supplied a product to secure Clinton’s server is SECNAP Network Security Corp., based in Boca Raton, Fla.

​A little history on SECNAP:​

Ronald Posner joined SECNAP’s board in 2012. “Ron brings a wealth of knowledge about information technology and a record of helping companies reach their full potential,” said SECNAP Chief Executive Officer Victor Nappe in a press release. “His leadership, experience and contacts will be a great asset to the company.”

At that time, Posner was (and still is) CEO and on the board at eChinaCash ​in Beijing, China,​ which operates the SAP (Sincere Appreciation Program) gascard program for Sinopec, which is China’s largest SOE (State-owned-Enterprise) and also the country’s largest oil and gas sales company.

Posner was previously CEO at Peter Norton Computing Inc., the security and backup software company which was acquired by Symantec in 1990.

In 1994, Hillary Clinton visited with Peter Norton and his wife at their Santa Monica, Calif. villa, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. Clinton and Norton currently serve FAPE, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies — Clinton as an Honorary Patron and Norton on the Board of Directors. W​ere​ Norton​ and Clinton ​a couple of the ‘contacts’ that Nappe was referring to?

​Posner knew security, and China. Did he know Clinton?​

SECNAP entered into a contract with CESC on June 26, 2013, according to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

In August of 2016, Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, and Lamar Smith, Chairman, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, wrote a letter to Victor Nappe​ inquiring about Clinton’s use of a private email account and server during her time at the State Department.

The letter, on Congress of the United States letterhead, noted that FBI Director James Comey concluded that Secretary Clinton’s actions were “extremely careless” with regards to her personal email account and private email server. The letter refers to an enclosed subpoena for SECNAP to produce documents in connection with Clinton’s server – which SECNAP previously could not produce because it did not have consent from its clients.

A previous letter from Ron Johnson to Victor Nappe, in October 2015, requested SECNAP’s assistance with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ examination of Clinton’s private email account and server. The letter said that information received by the Committee suggests that cyberattacks in locations such as China, the Republic of Korea, and Germany occurred against the private server while SECNAP was monitoring threats to the network. According to one incident report, a SECNAP employee wrote that malicious activity based in “China was found running an attack against” Secretary Clinton’s server.

Johnson’s letter stated that according to documents received by the Committee, SECNAP employees are required to undergo background checks. The letter asked if any SECNAP employees were cleared to access classified information — and if so what clearance levels did the employees possess.

​Did Ronald Posner, then CEO at eChinaCash, have access to classified information coming from or going to Clinton’s private email account and server? And if so, did he share that data with anyone in China — or did he enable anyone in China to gain access?

Posner’s name has not come up in connection with the FBI’s investigation — at least not publicly. But maybe that is part of the extremely careless behavior the FBI was referring to.

While it may seem like a stretch connecting all of the dots without evidence of wrongdoing by Posner, now 74, in connection with Clinton’s emails and server — there is new information which calls Posner’s ​trustworthiness​ into question.

​Florida is a major swing state in the upcoming election. Perhaps undecided Floridians will give further consideration to the Servergate scandal — which involves a company on their home turf — as an issue when casting their votes.

The biggest cybersecurity risks are people, not technology. From the looks of SECNAP, it seems that CESC may not have completely vetted the management teams, boards, and key employees at all of the companies who supplied products and services to protect Clinton’s email server.

Steve Morgan
Cybersecurity Ventures
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