WATCH: Leaked Clinton campaign memo raises new questions
When Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI this past summer about classified information contained in her private Blackberry emails, she told agents she could not recall concerns during her tenure at the State Department that foreign hackers were trying to access top government officials' private email accounts.
Her memory was apparently a lot better two years earlier when she was paid by Wall Street firms to give speeches, according to purported excerpts of those speeches made public by WikiLeaks.
In a June 2014 speech at the University of Connecticut, Clinton told the audience that she was aware that foreign actors "were going after the personal emails of people who worked in the State Department" and that she was also aware that it was "still against the rules" for State Department foreign service officers overseas to use Blackberrys for their email service.
Those speech comments -- recounted in an hackedJanuary 2016 memo from Clinton campaign opposition researcher Tony Carrk to her campaign chairman John Podesta that was made public by WikiLeaks on Friday -- stand in sharp contrast to what Clinton told the FBI in a July interview, according to the bureau's official summary of that interview.
When Clinton was shown a copy of a June 2011 memo found in her State files raising concerns that private Google email accounts had been compromised by foreign state hackers, she answered this way: "CLINTON stated she did not recall the compromise of State employees' Gmail accounts. However, CLINTON did recall the frustration over State's information technology systems."
Clinton also told the FBI this summer she could not recall another 2011 memo warning of the risk of using personal email and did not recall ever receiving any information on the security requirements for mobile communications contained in the State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual, which strictly regulated use of personal devices like Blackberrys, the FBI interview report stated.
But in an August 2014 speech, Clinton appeared to have much more knowledge about the FAM and its impact, especially on her diplomats posted overseas, the leaked memo suggests.
"When I got to the State Department, it was still against the rules to let most -- or let all Foreign Service Officers have access to a Blackberry," Carrk's memo to Podesta quotes Clinton as saying at the speech.
The hacked memo is likely to renew concerns among Clinton's Republican critics that the FBI and its Director James Comey too easily absolved her of wrongdoing for passing classified information through a private Blackberry.
Clinton has said that retrospect it was a mistake to use private email for State business and that she regrets doing so.
Spokesmen for the FBI were not immediately available for comment on the leaked memo. The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Circa.
But in a separate statement provide to other media, the campaign said it did not intend to address the matter or authenticity of documents it said it considered to be stolen.
"We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton," Clinton campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said in a statement published by Time magazine.
Carrk's memo to Podesta was designed to specifically flag any political issues that might arise if the still-secret transcripts of Mrs. Clinton's paid speeches ever became public. Carrk seemed to understand that the two 2014 private speeches could prove to be a public embarrassment to Clinton.
He specifically warned in all capital letters that the speech transcripts showed "CLINTON IS AWARE OF SECURITY CONCERNS AROUND BLACKBERRIES."
Clinton's grasp of the concerns about using personal email appear much stronger in the UCONN speech of 2014 than during her 2016 interview with the FBI, where she said she "could not recall" information dozens of times.
Here's what she said at the Connecticut college campus that her own opposition researcher flagged as possibly problematic.
"At the State Department we were attacked every hour, more than once an hour by incoming efforts to penetrate everything we had. And that was true across the U.S. government. And we knew it was going on when I would go to China, or I would go to Russia, we would leave all of our electronic equipment on the plane, with the batteries out, because this is a new frontier," she was quoted in Carrk's memo as saying during the speech.
"And they're trying to find out not just about what we do in our government. They're trying to find out about what a lot of companies do and they were going
after the personal emails of people who worked in the State Department," she added.