No one knows electronic security quite like Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who’s hiding in Russia after leaking information on the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program. In a recent interview with Al Jazeera English, he put his expertise to use criticize presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Snowden said Clinton’s server wasn’t secure and that, if she were in a different position, she would likely face prosecution. If any other employee at the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency "were sending details about the security of embassies which is alleged to be in her email, meetings with private government officials, foreign government officials and the statements that were made to them in confidence over unclassified email systems, they would not only lose their jobs and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it,” he said, according to Politico.
He added: “When the unclassified systems of the U.S. government, which has a full-time information security staff, regularly gets hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server in the renovated bathroom of a server farm in Colorado, is more secure is completely ridiculous,” referring to Denver, Colorado, where Clinton’s server was based.
Some high-ranking government officials have faced charges for mishandling classified data, as Clinton is accused of doing. Former CIA Director General David H. Petraeus was charged with mishandling classified materials after investigators found he kept top-secret information in personal notebooks at his home, Wired reported.