A former member of Hillary Clinton’s security detail while she was serving as secretary of state said she frequently and ‘blatantly’ disregarded security and diplomatic protocol during her tenure.
An interview with the ex-agent was part of the FBI’s newest document release pertaining to the investigation into Clinton’s private email server she used while working at the State Department.
The source, formerly a member of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, explained how the secretary was to ride in an armored limousine with the local U.S. ambassador while traveling abroad, but Clinton ‘refused to do so,’ the agent said, ‘instead choosing to be accompanied in the limousine by her [deputy] Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin.’
‘This frequently resulted in complaints by ambassadors who were insulted and embarrassed by this breach of protocol,’ the security official told the FBI.
Clinton was also supposed to arrive at events with the local U.S. ambassador, something she also skipped in lieu of riding in the limo with Abedin, who is currently separated from disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, due to yet another sexting scandal.
The agent pointed fingers at Abedin, who interned for Clinton during her days as first lady, and is now the vice chairwoman of the presidential campaign, and said she possessed ‘much more power’ over the rest of the staff and the secretary of state’s schedule than previous people in that position.
The agent ‘believed Abedin herself was often responsible for overriding security and diplomatic protocols on behalf of Clinton.’
The same FBI source thought that Clinton was using her post at the State Department to prematurely begin her presidential campaign.
The agent believed that she would travel with ‘hand-picked media who would present her in favorable light in order to garner political support.’
The agent also suggested Clinton ‘disregarded security and diplomatic protocols…in order to gain favorable press.’
An example the agent gave the FBI happened in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2009, when Clinton’s security wanted a photo-op at a clean cooking stoves initiative struck from her schedule because of the problems it presented.
The area, the professionals argued, ‘could not be secured and was lined with dangerous circumstances and individuals.’
The team was informed, however, that ‘it was going to happen because “she wanted it,”‘ the FBI’s interview notes said, quoting the agent source.
Agents felt that this decision ‘placed Clinton, her staff, the media and her security detail in unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for “her election campaign,”‘ the FBI’s source said.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.