Clinton aide Abedin concerned about email security in Russia, documents show – Politico

Huma Abedin, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gets of a campaign bus for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine as they arrive for a rally Friday, July 29.

Huma Abedin, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gets of a campaign bus for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine as they arrive for a rally Friday, July 29. | AP Photo

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Russia in October 2009, top aide Huma Abedin wrote an email to other department officials advising that they would not be using their BlackBerry devices in Moscow, expressing that she did not feel comfortable using her clintonemail.com address in addition to her State account.

“Want to make sure DC is aware that those of us in the Russia traveling party will be leaving blackberries on the airplane once we touch down in moscow tonite,” Abedin wrote to more than a dozen people on the morning of Oct. 12, 2009, according to an email chain provided to Fox News on Tuesday from the conservative group Citizens United.

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Then-deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew had been tasked with getting the traveling group local cellphones, Abedin added, “Hopefully lew can also pass on numbers so you can reach us direct on tuesday and wednesday. We will be checking email periodically, but for the most part cell phones will be fastest way to reach us.”

“Fyi for tues and wed. We won’t have berries in russia,” Abedin wrote in a subsequent email, forwarding her message to top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band and others, including Hannah Richert, a director at the Clinton Presidential Center; Oscar Flores, manager of the Clintons’ Chappaqua, New York, home; Jon Davidson, Bill Clinton’s deputy chief of staff; and Justin Cooper, an aide to the former president whose name is registered as the owner of Clinton’s personal server.

Cooper responded to Abedin, asking, “Are they taking them from u. Bc ur clintonemail.com shld work”.

“Its for security reasons,” Abedin responded. “I don’t want to use that one either”

The latest email release comes as the Democratic nominee faces renewed scrutiny over the relationship between her family’s foundation and the State Department in her four years in office. Last week, the FBI said that it had uncovered nearly 15,000 emails related to work that had not been turned over to the State Department.

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