But wait, as Hillary Clinton might wail, what difference does it make? It wasn’t “marked classified!”
From Yahoo News:
Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA’s top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts from previously undisclosed emails released Thursday by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
On March 18, 2011, Sidney Blumenthal — Clinton’s longtime friend and political adviser — sent the then secretary of state an email to her private account that contained apparently highly sensitive information he had received from Tyler Drumheller, a former top CIA official with whom Blumenthal at the time had a business relationship.
“Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA, who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods],” the email states, according to Gowdy’s letter.
The redacted information was “the name of a human source,” Gowdy wrote to his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, and was therefore “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community.”
“Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague — debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address,” wrote Gowdy in a letter to Cummings.
Clinton has repeatedly said she never sent or received classified information on her private email server “that was marked classified at the time that it was sent or received.” But the FBI, at the request of the inspectors general for the intelligence community and the State Department, is investigating the handling of classified information on the private server.
And while there is nothing that indicates that the email from Blumenthal (who was not a government employee) was marked classified at the time Clinton received it, the sensitive nature of its contents should have been a red flag and never should have been passed along, according to a former veteran CIA officer.
“She is exposing the name of a guy who has a clandestine relationship with the CIA on her private, unprotected server,” said John Maguire, who served for years as one of the CIA’s top Mideast officers.
In addition, he noted, the email should trigger a “crimes report” by the CIA to the Justice Department seeking an investigation into who within the agency revealed the information to Drumheller.
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Where is Chris Matthews and the rest of the democrat operatives in the Lame Stream Media, who were apoplectic over the supposed “outing” of desk jockey Valerie Plame? In fact, where is Ms. Plame herself and her buffoonish husband Joe Wilson to demand someone be frog marched in hand cuffs to jail over endangering the life of this CIA operative? Oh yes, they are off in New Mexico somewhere making pottery or something. Having sold a bunch of conflicting stories that proved that she was less than honest about the fact that it was her idea to send her husband to investigate the whole “uranium from Niger” thing–think about it–if you had this doofus sitting around the house, you’d want him to find some gainful employment, too–she is no doubt not eager to re-emerge from whatever rock she is under now.
Will anyone ask Mrs. Clinton about this serious violation of protocol and law, or are they going to continue to pretend that she did nothing wrong because her last name is Clinton? Oh yes, the impotant thing is to continue about speech-challenged fool Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe that “proves” that the investigation of the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 is all about politics, right?