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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why In Secret?

Yesterday, the House Intelligence committee questioned John Podesta in a session that was closed to the public.  Podesta was the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign, and it was his email account that was hacked and then released slowly by Wikileaks.  Before working for Clinton, Podesta had been part of the Obama White House staff.

So here's the big question:  why was Podesta questioned in secret?  Nearly every other witness has been interrogated in public.  Podesta most likely told the panel why the Democrat National Committee refused to let the FBI see its computer system to verify who had done the hacking.  Podesta could have explained how it was that his own computer was hacked.  The story that has circulated is that he fell for a phishing attack; someone sent him an email with an attachment which he opened, and that infected his system with malware.  Podesta could have told us when he first learned that both the DNC and his own computer were hacked.  We know that there were no emails from the Podesta account dated after the spring of 2016, and the belief is that Podesta was told at that time of the hacking and cut off the hacker's access.  Podesta could tell us why the Clinton campaign and, perhaps, why the Obama administration did nothing regarding the hacking.  Supposedly, president Obama told Putin to "cut it out" when it came to the hacking, but why was nothing else done?  With all these important pieces of information that the public ought to know, why was Podesta questioned in secret?

If the committee were controlled by the Democrats, I could understand the secrecy.  They would want to avoid embarrassment for Podesta, the Clinton campaign and president Obama.  The committee, however, is controlled by the GOP.  Why is all this being done in secret?

Something is very wrong here.

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