From admitting to being a robot to possible links to murder, join us as we take a look at 7 surprising Hillary Clinton facts.
7. She Used To Be A Republican
Hillary Clinton grew up as a republican. Following in her conservative father’s footsteps, Hillary was elected the president of the Wellesly Young Republicans Club in her first year of college. In the early 60’s she supported Senator Barry Goldwater who ran for presidency in 1964. However by 1968, she had made the jump from right to left, giving a graduation speech as an anti-war democrat that managed to land her a spot in Time magazine, touted as the ‘voice of her generation’.
6. She Won a Grammy
In 1997, the then first lady took the top spot in the Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album category for her audio book It Takes a Village. The book covers Hillary’s vision for America’s youth and the impact community has on the well-being of children.
5. Hasn’t Driven a Car in 20 Years
That’s right, Hillary Rodham Clinton has not driven a car since 1996. It’s been well over two decades since she’s been behind the wheel, way back when her husband Bill Clinton was in his first term as president. Since then she’s been getting point-to-point drop offs by the secret service, a perk she’s entitled to for the rest of her life, a little bonus for being the first lady during Bill’s 8 year tenure as president.
4. Hillary Clinton Admitted to Being a Robot
In October 2015 Hilary Clinton admitted to being a robot during an interview with BuzzFeed podcastAnother Round.After being prompted as to why she doesn’t sweat, Hillary said that she was created in a Palo Alto garage by ‘a man who shall remain nameless’. She also went on to imply that the masses should bow before her superior A.I intelligence by submitting a vote for her in the 2016 election.
3. The Email Scandal
While this one isn’t exactly ‘surprising’, it’s worth reviewing the facts and examining what exactly happened.
In March 2015 it became publicly known that, while filling her term as U.S Secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was using her family’s private server to exchange official email communication instead of using federal servers with State Department issued email accounts.
The incident sparked an investigation by the F.B.I. after concerns that classified information that had been sent through the private servers may have been compromised. Some 30,000 emails were seized and analysed for sensitive data.
Clinton maintained that no classified information was sent or received through the private email accounts. However, the FBI investigation uncovered 110 emails that contained information that was classified at the time they were sent. 65 of the emails were found to contain information deemed ‘secret’ and a further 20 more contained ‘top-secret’ information.
Many believe the information kept on Clinton’s private server was vulnerable to hackers. Marc Maiffret, a cyber-security expert, said the maintenance of data was an ‘amateur hour’ filled with numerous security flaws. It has been alleged that during the first two months of serving as Secretary of State, Clinton’s emails sent via the private server were not encrypted. Former CIA deputy director, Michael Morell has stated that it’s highly likely that foreign governments were able to access the data on Clinton’s server. Further still, known hacking attempts were detected in 2012 and 2014 from Serbia, Russia, Germany, South Korea and China. Software installed on the servers in 2013 blocked up to 5 cyber intrusions but prior to that no such software existed on the system.
After an exhaustive investigation, the F.B.I. recommended that no charges be laid against Hillary Clinton but did remark that her handling of State information was ‘extremely careless’.
2. The Benghazi Attack
Whether the then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to blame for the Benghazi attacks or not, it’s important to look at the wider implications of what went down.
On the evening of September 11, 2012 an attack took place on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Islamic Militants executed a pre-planned attack that resulted in the deaths U.S. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. A further ten people were also injured in the conflict.
In the days and months that followed the surprise attacks in Benghazi, concerns were raised regarding the safety of U.S. diplomats. Initial reports suggested that the attacks were the result of a spontaneous protest triggered by an anti-Muslim video titled Innocence of Muslims. However, it soon became apparent that media outlets were fed incorrect details, which sparked rumours of a cover-up. Word got out that the attack was not the result of protesters rather a premeditated attack by militant Islamic forces.
In the wake of the attacks the U.S. House Select Committee launched an inquiry into the handling of the attacks and the security of U.S. diplomats. The exhaustive 800 page report found some glaring security oversights and a failure to respond to signals of a possible terrorist attack in an unstable Libya.
The inquiry was also the reason the Hillary Clinton ’email scandal’ came to light as it became apparent that up to 30 emails kept on her private server related to Benghazi in some way. Many feel that Hillary Clinton’s response to the attacks was not decisive enough and that her initial reaction was dishonest.
After thorough investigation it’s clear that America’s foreign policy regarding the safety of it’s international diplomats is lacklustre but whether Hillary Clinton is to blame remains a topic of staunch debate.
1. The Clinton Body Count
This list, which is famous among the conspiracy theory community, contains the names of more than 50 people who have died in mysterious circumstances. It contains a wide variety of politicians, secret servicemen, interns and journalists, each with a unique story, each tied in someway to the Clinton family.
So where did this list come from? A short version of the ‘Clinton Body Count’ was first compiled by former lawyer Linda Thompson in the early 90’s. The list of 24 names got into the hands of Rep. William Dannemeyerwho presented it in a letter to congressional leaders at the time. He had hoped for an investigation into the list of mysterious deaths linked to Bill Clinton. In 2009, Linda Thompson died of an overdose of medication she was taking to treat a gastric bypass operation she had done some years earlier.
Now the list has risen to over 50 names and has resurfaced the closer Hillary Clinton gets to the White House.
The most recent name added to the list is Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who was shot dead in an affluent Washington D.C. neighbourhood. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange later hinted that Rich was one of the sources of the damaging email leaks that have plagued Hillary Clinton’s run for presidency.
Wikileaks is offering a US$20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of Rich’s killer.
Other prominent names on the list include, Vince Foster, former deputy of White House counsel during the first half-year of Bill Clinton’s presidency and friend of Hillary, who was connected to several Clinton scandals in the early 90’s. He was found dead in a park in Virginia with a fatal gunshot wound to the mouth. Deemed a suicide, many believe the investigation was botched, claiming that evidence had been tampered with.
Other suspicious deaths include attorney Shawn Lucas, who in July 2016, helped the DNC with a lawsuit that claimed former Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz inappropriately backed Hillary Clinton in the primary campaigns.
One month later, Lucas was found dead in his apartment with the cause of death ‘still pending’.
Again in August 2016, author Victor Thorn, who penned four controversial books that embroiled the Clintons in illicit sex, drugs and murder, was found dead on a Pennsylvania mountain top. Cause of death: suicide. However prior to his passing, Thorn made several appearances on the ‘Russell Scott Show, stating: ‘Russell, if I’m ever found dead, it was murder. I would never kill myself.’
Some years earlier in August 2010, a dead man was found naked, padlocked inside a red sports bag in a Security Service safe house in London, England. The man was identified as Gareth Williams, a MI6 agent who had recently hacked confidential data regarding Bill Clinton and his colleagues. The crime scene was found to have no finger prints or DNA of any kind, sparking suspicion of a cover up. A senior Scotland Yard investigator later announced Williams’ death to be either accidental or suicide, which lead to public outcry and heavy criticism of the investigation of what was clearly a suspicious death.
As the Clinton Body Count seems to rise, it should be noted that most of the links to the Clinton family are tenuous at best. Many claim the list exists only as a tool to derail the Clinton’s political ambition. Whatever the case may be, it makes for curious reading.