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Robert Gates: ‘Odds are Pretty High’ Russia, Iran, China Accessed Hillary’s Email

Underscoring the seriousness of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, former Sec. Defense Robert Gates says it is highly likely that America’s enemies accessed classified information from Clinton’s email.

The remarks from Gates follow comments from the Inspector General that confirm Clinton’s server contained information from the nation’s most secret intelligence.

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Gates, who served as both the head of the CIA and the Secretary of Defense, said he never used email at all for important information.

Hewitt asked if he was “surprised by the news that continues to come out about the former Secretary of State’s server and the fact that the intelligence community’s inspector general has said there was a lot of very highly classified information on her server?”

“Yeah, that’s a concern for me,” Gates answered. “I never used email when I was head of CIA or head of the Department of Defense. As I used to joke, I didn’t want to have some chief of station overseas email me and say he was going to do something if I didn’t get back to him in three hours, and I would get back from a five hour hearing to discover I was two hours too late. I preferred dealing with people face to face and putting a signature on a piece of paper on matters of real national security and importance.”

Hewitt then asked Gates about the security of classified intel on Hillary’s server and if he agreed that America’s enemies had most likely compromised it.

“One of your colleagues, Mike Morell [Former Deputy Director of the CIA], said on this program, or actually agreed with my assertion that almost certainly, Russians, Chinese and Iranians had compromised the home brew server of the former Secretary of State. He agreed with that. Do you agree with his assessment of my assessment?” Hewitt asked.

“Well, given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high,” Gates concurred.

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