First Hillary Clinton stated unequivocally that the email she sent from the private, secret server she maintained in her home didn’t contain any classified information.
Then she amended that to say that none of it was classified “at the time.” It turns out–shocking, I know–that that statement wasn’t true either, according to Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. Every day’s new revelations make it clear that her behavior was even worse than we thought it was the day before.
From The Washington Times:
The revelation that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails contained sensitive information derived from spy satellites and signal intelligence undercuts her defense that she had no reason to believe she was dealing with classified information, security experts say. …
Last month, the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence community flatly contradicted Mrs. Clinton’s claim that her emails did not contain national secrets. They wrote in a public joint statement that the information among thousands of emails on her private server was definitely classified at the time.
“These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department,” the inspectors general wrote. “Rather, these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.”
This week, I. Charles McCullough III, the intelligence community’s inspector general, revealed that not only did a small sampling of Mrs. Clinton’s 30,000 emails turned over to State contain classified information, but two held data that were top-secret — the highest classification.
Mr. McCullough went further. The top-secret information was labeled “SI,” which is intelligence community parlance for “special intelligence.” Special intelligence is intercepted communications from foreign targets.
In addition, the intercept came from code word “talent keyhole,” (TK), which stands for the nation’s military satellites and their production of classified imagery and intercepted communications.
That the whole “I didn’t know it was classified” defense is clearly lame, as pointed out by Larry Johnson, a security expert interviewed for the Washington Times article.
Mr. Johnson, the former CIA analyst, said revelations about the highly sensitive nature of information in certain emails call into question the entirety of Mrs. Clinton’s story about the private email server she operated out of her home in Chappaqua, New York.
“She’s admitting she lacks the knowledge and intelligence to recognize classified information. That’s her defense? That she’s stupid?” he said. “I think she knew it was classified and used it. They were passing information back and forth.”
The SI and TK designations mean that if Mrs. Clinton’s server was hacked, “there is the possibility of compromising multiple intelligence sources,” Mr. Johnson said.
Hillary’s people aren’t having any of it, falling back on their usual “it’s just politics” and “nonsense.”
From the New York Post:
Congress is investigating her emails, the FBI is involved and top-secret data may have been compromised, but to Hillary Clinton it’s all “nonsense.”
That’s the message Clinton’s campaign sent to supporters today in response to the latest developments in the email mess ensnaring the Democratic presidential frontrunner.
“The bottom line,” Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri wrote, “…this kind of nonsense comes with the territory of running for president.”
How is name of God can anyone consider this woman for any position requiring trust and competence? President of the United States? I realize that Obama has place the bar lower than whale excrement, but our experience with him should have taught people something. What am I missing?