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Huma Abedin’s one-word reaction to learning that about an attempted hack of Hillary Clinton’s private server says it all. (Fox News)
That was the three-letter response from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin — familiar Internet shorthand for “Oh my God!” — when Justin Cooper, the technology pro overseeing Clinton’s private home-based email servers, told her shortly after midnight on Jan. 9, 2011, that “someone was trying to hack us.”
The revelation was contained in a trove of newly released, partially redacted FBI documents from the agency’s investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information — a probe known as the “Midyear Exam.” The document release reveals numerous episodes in which the Clinton team either suspected it had been hacked or seemingly acknowledged that security measures had come up short.
In a tense email exchange, Cooper wrote to Abedin at 2:57 a.m. Sunday: “I had to shut down the server. Someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt want to let them have the chance to. I will restart in the morning.”
For unknown reasons, Abedin waited nearly 12 hours after the hacker struck to warn State Department officials not to email “anything sensitive” to Clinton.
“Don’t email hrc anything sensitive. I can explain more in person,” Abedin hastily wrote.
Buried in the trove of FBI documents are other startling admissions. Cooper told the FBI that ‘secure’ rooms, hardened to resist hacking, at the Clintons’ home were left open and vulnerable.