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Hillary Clinton: “Several Dozen” Emails Classified Beyond “Top Secret”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:19 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Is this what will finally seal Hillary Clinton’s fate?

Hillary Clinton’s emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government’s most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers.

Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).

That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to two emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.

“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” said the IG letter to lawmakers with oversight of the intelligence community and State Department. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”

Intelligence from a “special access program,” or SAP, is even more sensitive than that designated as “top secret” – as were two emails identified last summer in a random sample pulled from Clinton’s private server she used as secretary of state. Access to a SAP is restricted to those with a “need-to-know” because exposure of the intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting a method of intelligence collection — or a human asset — at risk. Currently, some 1,340 emails designated “classified” have been found on Clinton’s server, though the Democratic presidential candidate insists the information was not classified at the time.

You know who had to get special clearance before he could even view the sworn declaration about the Clinton email? Charles McCullough, the intelligence community’s inspector general, that’s who. And that’s how serious this business is.

Now with this new revelation, how will officials respond, and will they try to brush it under the rug? Unlikely, says Charles Krauthammer:

“What people have to understand is that there is nothing higher, more secret than an SAP,” Krauthammer said on Tuesday’s Special Report. “From some people I have talked to, this is worse than what Snowden did because he didn’t have access to SAP.” “The reason it’s [so sensitive] is if it’s compromised, people die,” he said. “It also means that operations that have been embedded for years and years get destroyed and cannot be reconstituted. This is very serious.”

Petraeus, as was mentioned earlier, he pled guilty because precisely this kind of information he shared. And I don’t see, given the fact that he is the inspector general of the intelligence community who was writing this officially to the intelligence committee heads in Congress that there is any way to contradict this. It is not a news story. This is an investigative story. And now it’s in the hands of the FBI. It’s hard to imagine that the Department of Justice will ignore this or wave it away.”

Further, this comes right on the heels of it being confirmed that officials in the State Dept. knew about Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

All of which makes it utterly ironic to see her make this statement:


If you say so, Hillary. If you say so.



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:46 pm

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So am I.

Sarah Palin: A Realization

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:23 pm

I realized today that I do not particularly care for Sarah Palin.

That is all.

Birthplace of Bill of Rights Partially Demolished

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:36 am

You know how you’ll be sitting in a theater, watching a movie, and then the director drops in a piece of symbolism that is so blatant that you want to say, out loud: “OK, I get it! I get it!

This is one of those moments.

Building where Bill of Rights was born partially demolished

It was a historic mistake.

A Pennsylvania building believed to be the birthplace of the Bill of Rights was partially demolished earlier this month because developers didn’t know the origin of the site, The Sentinel reported.

The building, originally known as the James Bell Tavern, hosted a meeting in 1788 of anti-Federalists opposed to the ratification of the new nation’s Constitution. The group began calling for changes to the document, and their plea was eventually heard when the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791.

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So. Are we going to rebuild it, or just keep tearing it down?

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