Bryan Pagliano is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation's criminal inquiry into the email setup in exchange
for limited immunity by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to
the Times, citing unnamed people who know about the investigation.
With limited immunity, his testimony cannot be used in a prosecution
against him, the Times said.
The investigation has overshadowed Hillary Clinton's campaign to
become the Democratic Party's candidate in the November presidential
election. Clinton has apologized for the arrangement but says she
did nothing wrong and that she believes the government will
Pagliano, who helped set up and run the email system in Clinton's
New York home, told investigators that the logs he handed over
indicated that no intrusion occurred, the Times said.
The security logs show who accessed the server and when, though they
may not capture more sophisticated hacking, the Times said.
Pagliano was still working at the State Department's Bureau of
Information Resource Management as recently as last September, but
has since left, a department spokesman said on Monday. The spokesman
declined to say when he left or why.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is doing its own analysis of
whether the server was attacked, according to media reports.
FBI agents plan to seek interviews with Clinton’s aides in coming
weeks and would like to interview Clinton herself as their
investigation enters a new phase, Bloomberg News reported on
Thursday, citing two people familiar with the inquiry.
The interviews would look into how the server was set up and used
and what precautions were taken to protect sensitive data, according
to the people, who described the matter on condition of anonymity
because the investigation is continuing, Bloomberg News said.
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Investigators were almost finished examining computers and other
physical evidence as part of the inquiry, which is focused on
whether Clinton’s use of private email while serving as the nation’s
top diplomat led to the improper handling of classified information,
according to the people.
Pagliano previously worked on Clinton's failed 2008 presidential
campaign, and ended up joining her at the State Department in 2009
as a political appointee, working as a technology specialist and
maintaining Clinton's email server. His employment ended with
Clinton in February 2013, but he stayed on as a contractor.
More than 2,000 of Clinton's emails contain classified information
that could harm national security if leaked, according to the State
Department. The government forbids sending or storing such
information outside secure, government-controlled channels, and has
prosecuted people for breaches.
The FBI and the Justice Department have declined to comment on their
investigation, including who might be its target, beyond confirming
Pagliano's lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. A Clinton
spokesman said the campaign is pleased that Pagliano is cooperating,
but declined to respond to questions.
For more on the 2016 presidential race, see the Reuters blog, “Tales
from the Trail” (http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/).
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen, additional reporting by Mark
Hosenball; Editing by David Gregorio and Andrew Hay)
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