Snowden Accuses Clinton of Jeopardizing National Security

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( — September 4, 2015) — A year after Hillary Clinton accused Snowden of helping terrorists by leaking NSA secrets, the former secretary of state and presidential candidate takes fire back, after Snowden explains how she jeopardized national security by using a private e-mail server.

In an interview to Al Jazeera English, Snowden said Clinton claim to the contrary, because the server is locked in an adopted bathroom at her house, “is completely ridiculous.”

“When the unclassified systems of the United States government, which has a full-time information security staff, regularly gets hacked, the idea that someone is keeping a private server in the renovated bathroom of a server farm in Colorado is more secure is completely ridiculous,” Snowden told Mehdi Hasan in the debut episode of a new weekly talk show UpFront.

Referring to Hillary’s comment that the server is ‘well protected’ in her house, Snowden said that anyone with the clearances of the secretary of state, or the director of any top level agency, should know that fiscally guarding a server has nothing to do with guarding it from a hack-attack.

The State Department confirmed in an August 13 press conference that 125 emails containing “confidential” information but were not marked ‘classified’ at the time the emails were sent, which Clinton said in an effort to marginalize the case.

The FBI and the Department of Justice are investigating who sent the information to Clinton’s private email account, breaking the security protocol.

“If an ordinary worker at the state department or the Central Intelligence Agency […] were sending details about the security of embassies, which is alleged to be included 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,” Snowden told Al Jazeera from Moscow, where he has been granted temporary asylum.

Snowden was charged with three felony violations of the Espionage Act for disclosing government documents to the public, following by an NSA espionage scandal. Each count can carrie a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.