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Hillary Emails Contained Info Classified Above Top Secret

Even if these emails were not marked with the classification levels, you would have to be an idiot not to realize that you were dealing with highly secret information. And if Hillary didn’t realize it, she had no business being in her job as Secretary Of State.

From the Washington Times:

Hillary Clinton emails contained ‘top secret’ material, watchdog confirms

By Stephen Dinan | August 11, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails contained "top secret" material, the government’s top spy watchdog said Tuesday, revealing that the messages were even more sensitive than previously disclosed.

In fact, Hillary’s emails contained material that was actually classified above ‘top secret’:

I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general for the intelligence community, said he has concluded two of Mrs. Clinton’s emails met the standard of "top secret/SCI level," while other messages are still being scrutinized to see how secret they should have been.

Translation: Top Secret = Top Secret, which is the first truly serious level of classification. SCI = Sensitive Compartmented Information, which means the information is derived from sensitive intelligence sources or methods. Compartmentalized material is considered to be above top secret.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released Mr. McCullough’s summary of his findings, though not the messages with the classified information. He has called on the FBI to get a handle on what information Mrs. Clinton had on her private server — information that is now also on a flash drive being held by her personal attorney…

Mrs. Clinton initially said she never trafficked in classified information from her email account, which she issued to herself and maintained on a server she kept at her home in New York, rather than using a state department address and regular government servers.

But more recently, Mrs. Clinton has said she didn’t email information marked classified at the time. The inspector general said the information, while not specifically marked classified, was secret and should not have been handled on an email system without security.

"In response to the above references congressional notification, my office received multiple congressional requests for copies of former Secretary Clinton’s emails containing classified intelligence community (IC) information. These emails, attached hereto, have been properly marked by IC classification officials, and include information classified up to "TOP SECRET//SI/TK//NOFORN," Mr. McCullough said in his memo to Congress…

Translation: SI = Special Intelligence, which means the source was a communication intercept. (This used to be called COMINT.)

TK = Talent Keyhole, which mostly covers intelligence gathered from aerial and space-based platforms. (It actually started during the days of the U-2 flights.) TK at least used to be considered codeword compartmentalized intelligence, which is the highest level of classification.

NOFORN = means the information cannot be released to foreign nationals. Even our allies.

The State Department missed its July deadline by more than 1,700 pages, and blamed the secret information for the problem. Trying to get a handle on the situation, the State Department now says it is sharing questionable emails with five different intelligence agencies, giving them a chance to weigh in on what kinds of things should be withheld…

Which seems to be an admission that the State Department doesn’t know what needs to be kept secret and what doesn’t. Which, if true, is pathetic.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Hillary Emails Contained Info Classified Above Top Secret”

  1. Curiosity says:

    Steve, you have a fan at the Daily Beast, who imitated your commentary:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/12/the-spy-satellite-secrets-in-hillary-s-emails.html

    All of these markings (maybe not TK?) were in the Snowden leaks, and only today did someone spell it out like you.

    Also, thanks again for not posting classified material itself, where I might see it from a DoD machine.


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