State Department: Yeah, exposing top-secret info on unsecured e-mail chains is “a serious matter”

posted at 10:01 am on February 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Well, that’s good to know. Almost a year after the revelation about Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized home-brew e-server and months of State Department blather about “overclassification” being the real issue, their spokesman finally admits that passing top-secret information through it is “a serious matter.” Better (seven years) late than never, I suppose (via Guy Benson):

The reporter pushing the spokesman into this statement is Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, who along with Pamela Browne has been garnering scoop after scoop on the e-mail scandal. Herridge manages to push the spokesman into tacitly confirming her reporting on how “at least a dozen e-mail accounts” had access to the unprotected top-secret information. Note that he raises no objections to Herridge’s question, not even after she repeats it with those details.

It’s enough for retired Defense Intelligence Agency chief Gen. Michael Flynn, who served in that role for President Barack Obama, to call for Hillary to withdraw from the presidential race:

Flynn and other high-ranking former intelligence officials told TheDCNF they are alarmed that some of the nation’s most highly classified documents contained in a secretive program called the Special Access Program (SAP) were transferred to Clinton’s unclassified home server.

The documents “had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,” Flynn said. “Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.”

“This is unbelievable,” Flynn said. “I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.”

He’s not the only intelligence professional to make that case. The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock quotes several intel veterans about the dangerous nature of these revelations:

Placement of SAP-classified information on a non-secure server was the “single, most dangerous security violation that can ever happen to the United States,” said Col. James Waurishuk, former deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command.

SAP material was “the most stringently compartmented and protected information in the entire U.S. government,” said Waurishuk, who worked on the White House National Security Council during former President George H.W. Bush’s tenure.

Special Forces Col. James Williamson (Ret.) told TheDCNF that SAP classified documents are “the most sensitive of sensitive information” and that normal classified storage facilities, called Special Compartmentalized Information Facilities (SCIF), cannot provide adequate protection for SAP information.

Until a week ago, the State Department had played along with Hillary’s defenders in claiming that the information exposed was of little consequence and the subject of inter-agency disputes — which, by the way, is no defense against exposure of other agencies’ classified data. The State Department decision to withhold these 29 e-mails, and their tacit admission of “serious” spillage of top-secret information, is a significant change in posture. That should have Hillary and especially her aides very, very worried.


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“This is unbelievable,” Flynn said. “I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.”

This should be quoted by Bernie at their next debate if he has any integrity.

Not to mention every GOP candidate.

fred5678 on February 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

You’re awfully hostile for not being mad. Just saying…

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:57 PM

I figure your level of stupid must hurt somehow, and I know it’s hard to think when I have a bad headache, so maybe if the pain could be stopped you might be able to actually think before you post the incredibly stupid crap you throw out here.

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

This should be quoted by Bernie at their next debate if he has any integrity.

If he had any integrity he wouldn’t be a Marxist, posing as a socialist, posing as an independent, posing as a democrat.

F X Muldoon on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

…you might be able to actually think before you post the incredibly stupid crap you throw out here.

Doubtful, I have it on good authority he has “INHALE – See Other Hand”, “EXHALE – See Other Hand” tattooed on his hands. Front and back, just in case.

F X Muldoon on February 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I’m fortunate that you guys are so bad at seeing reality.

Kenny Bania on February 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

“RAISE THE U.S.S. LIBERTY!”

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

I can’t help but think how much more there really is that we don’t even know about.

The server was scrubbed and these emails were willingly handed over to state for release. I’d like to see what items were thought too damaging and needed to be scrubbed.

Oxymoron on February 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

A SCIF can certainly provide the protection, but only if all the rules about transfer and access are followed. The moment you throw any one of those rules in the ash can, even the most secure facility becomes — insecure.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

I was wondering which of you would be dumb enough to make this argument.

The point you completely missed was that the engagement of the youth is increasing. That meshes well with what we saw in 2008 and 2012. It’s bad news for the GOP because they’ve been extremely bad at convincing young voters to vote republican.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Stroke.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM

3% more than say 2012 is a big problem for the GOP, who are already having huge issues with their base dying off and minorities hating them. Meanwhile your first paragraph is a perfect example of that rightwing inability to talk to the young without looking like idiots I talked about.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Stroke.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

It’s unlikely your understanding is correct.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Stroke

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

*shrug*

Much like with blacks, hispanics, asians, women, and basically everyone except elderly white males, if you think the solution to your inability to gather votes from this population is to insult them then please proceed…

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Stroke.

Pause.

Lotion.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I doubt it. That hasn’t been the case in previous elections.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Stroke.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

don’t forget this one:

No, they aren’t, dent. The IG saying something doesn’t make it a fact, it makes it a claim, and in this case that claim is an allegation. You and your fellow inmates repeating the claim ad nauseam also doesn’t magically make it a fact.

Again the words have meaning, you don’t get to just substitute what you want them to mean for what they actually mean. Sorry.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Double stroke.

Headin’ for the finish?

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Worked out well for me.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Stroke.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Meanwhile in interesting news it looks like the LIGO array has confirmed detecting gravitational waves. Between that and The Higgs Boson, it’s a boom time in physics.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Stroke.

Eyes closed.

Hand change.

Subject change.

The masterdebater is nearing climax.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

I’d like to see what items were thought too damaging and needed to be scrubbed.

Oxymoron on February 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Trying to find those items is possibly one of the reasons that the FBI investigation won’t be rushed.

It is likely that there will be copies of many items floating around if only because people get careless when forwarding messages. If the server was accessed remotely by “hackers” then they too might have extracted information that can still be found.

It is also possible that one of her IT staff might have made a few copies “just-in-case”.

YiZhangZhe on February 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Meanwhile in interesting news it looks like the LIGO array has confirmed detecting gravitational waves. Between that and The Higgs Boson, it’s a boom time in physics.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM

masterdebation success. Tlaloc has reached his plateau. He has rubbed his ego raw.

The witless wisdom of Tlaloc masterdebater extraordinaire. He will run circles, build straw figurines, call you names, change the subject, move the goalposts, make false assertions, ask for facts while not giving facts, but he will never lose in his flaccid mind.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Speaking of Comedy Gold, NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner has finally released Tuesday’s Primary vote tallies, and I’m starting to wade thru them. It will take a while.

So far, though, Hillario!’s “performance” has been brutal; she got creamed by the voters in Durham (where the University of New Hampshire is located; tons of bitter old White Democrat professors and teaching assistants live and vote there, too)

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Trying to find those items is possibly one of the reasons that the FBI investigation won’t be rushed.

It is likely that there will be copies of many items floating around if only because people get careless when forwarding messages. If the server was accessed remotely by “hackers” then they too might have extracted information that can still be found.

It is also possible that one of her IT staff might have made a few copies “just-in-case”.

YiZhangZhe on February 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

All they need to do most likely is ask the NSA to access their records. Or, of course, Putin, China, North Korea, etc.

Rational Db8 on February 11, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 6:37 PM

What a shame. Beaten down by her own PC left. Too bad really, she is such a shrill shrew… ooops… nice shrew.

Neitherleftorright on February 11, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Then I’m fortunate that you guys are so bad at seeing reality.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Interesting talk from the guy who changed the subject twice when asked to stand by what he says.

Guess I’d better to update my copy of Webster’s so I can see reality better.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM

“RAISE THE U.S.S. LIBERTY!”

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

FWIW, he did recant this claim.

Not that I have high hopes for him ever being half as reasonable and honest as he pretends, but he’s not likely to resolve outstanding absurdities if we continue to crucify him for the ones he set straight.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 6:59 PM

The whole Clinton clan should be indicted for high crimes and misdemeanors!

woodhull on February 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM

All they need to do most likely is ask the NSA to access their records.

Rational Db8 on February 11, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Indeed. The near impossibility, as I see it, that the vulnerabilities in the deployment and use of this server went undetected by the ‘spy agencies’ and ‘security agencies’ of America and all of its allies is why I’ve always thought that this is “big” in the sense of there being some sort of treachery in, at least, the State Department and the White House.

But if the NSA or other agency does have the ‘historical records’ then there is no need for an investigation … unless they aren’t looking for the emails at all but are trying to identify the infiltrators and corrupt people in multiple branches of government.

If the server continued to be used after its vulnerabilities were known then, I presume, it would have been monitored even more closely and perhaps used for disseminating false information.

I rather doubt the whole truth will ever come out because with all the double-crossing and triple-crossing, espionage and counter-espionage, coercion and corruption that this tale seems likely to involve it is possible that there isn’t anybody who knows even the half of it.

YiZhangZhe on February 11, 2016 at 7:29 PM

I suppose that Hillary will be quietly asked to withdraw her nomination

Zomcon JEM on February 11, 2016 at 4:33 PM

But will she go quietly? The nomination is her shield against an indictment. While she is likely to be nominated, everyone is holding back, not sure what to do. Indict or not to indict, that is the question. Is there a point even, if Obama is likely to pardon her, or she pardons herself after being elected? Take away the nomination, and Hillary Clinton becomes a nobody:

“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”

If she threatens to put up a fight, does the DNC risk dragging her off the ticket, kicking and screaming the whole way**? Could any Democrat win an election after a fiasco like that? In that case, does the DNC just keep going with Hillary, figuring a bad chance is better than no chance at all?

** By which I expect to play out as a series of dueling press conferences by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, neither of who handle press conferences well, with Obama trying to stay above the fray but being pulled down into the mud, while the RNC cheers from the sidelines.

SteveJ on February 11, 2016 at 7:48 PM

OK, let’s game this for a moment. Say an indictment is in the works. Say it becomes public knowledge that Lynch decides to do her job, and follow the evidence where it leads. Say the evidence gathered by the FBI supports an extremely strong case against Hillary Clinton and her entourage.

What then? And I don’t mean the DNC and the nomination and all that.

What does Hillary do?

What if an indictment comes alleging financial corruption? Her bank accounts, both personal accounts and Clinton Foundation accounts, are frozen as a result. Just how loyal are her crew without the promise of either money or power.

Do you get the read that she is the sort of person to stand her ground and fight? If so, does she do so out of honest conviction regarding her innocence, or a sense of civic duty to face the consequences of her actions, or from a sad delusion that this is nothing but a “security review”?

Or does she realize her political ambitions are now forever thwarted, gives an over-the-shoulder wave to Abedin, Kennedy, Mills, and all the rest, and splits to the United Arab Emirates with as much cash as can be stuffed into a dozen large suitcases? I mention the UAE because it does not have an extradition with the USA and is a major Clinton Foundation donor.

I mean its a wild idea, but this is all so unprecedented.

SteveJ on February 11, 2016 at 8:04 PM

“RAISE THE U.S.S. LIBERTY!”

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

FWIW, he did recant this claim.

Not that I have high hopes for him ever being half as reasonable and honest as he pretends, but he’s not likely to resolve outstanding absurdities if we continue to crucify him for the ones he set straight.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 6:59 PM

LOL!

Translated:

“Let’s work across the aisle”.

You first, Lindsay Graham!

Kenny lies as frequently and as pathologically as his Heroin Hillario! does. What makes you think she was being “honest” in this case? And no, don’t link the actual orignal recant, because I won’t read it.

You can feel she’s being truthful when she “recants” something, but you’re on your own, because I’m not playing that game.

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

You can feel she’s being truthful when she “recants” something, but you’re on your own, because I’m not playing that game.

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

I can’t control what you say or do.

But the next time some butthurt comes down the line about how I hold people like you to different standards than Tlaloc, I have documented evidence right here. So really, in your own way, you’re helping me to demonstrate whether or not Tlaloc’s dedication to facts and reason is genuine.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

This is Joe Biden’s “3 AM telephone call” . . .

tpitman on February 12, 2016 at 6:24 AM

The rule of law is mortally wounded in this nation.
Currently the Leftists/Democrats are benefiting by this.
But history has shown, that as the rule of law dissolves, and lawlessness becomes the order of the day, they will pay a very heavy price.

justltl on February 12, 2016 at 7:41 AM

The story of the Ceaușescus is a case in point and should serve as a cautionary tale for the current crop of lefty power brokers. But it won’t. Because everyone, right, left, and in between, is subject to the grand delusion of “it can’t happen here”.

justltl on February 12, 2016 at 7:51 AM

as the rule of law dissolves, and lawlessness becomes the order of the day

somebody: “justltl, I think that you are confusing the absence of the rule of law with lawlessness. There can, and usually is, an absence of the rule of law in tyrannical leftist states even as law and order is rigidly maintained via power.”

justltl: “Yes, that is true. But, in leftist tyrannies, the power of the left to rigidly and forcefully maintain order inevitably wanes. During or after their collapse, there can be a period, long or short, of relative lawlessness during which retribution is obtained by those who long suffered under the boot of leftist rule. Again, see Ceaușescus.

somebody: “Whatever.” “Dark wishful thinking expressed in too many words and too much jargon.” “And don’t forget, ‘Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord’.”

justltl on February 12, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Most Dims are Shrillary shills that care nothing about these obvious common sense facts about endangered national security or indeed the nation’s very survival in view of the current White House occupant; funny how they imagine they won’t go down with the ship. And of course the vile RINO GOP spineless accomplices will do nothing about it either. With few exceptions (e.g. Sens. Cotton & Sasse) both parties should be executed for treason, at least they would be in a civilized country run by adults; no danger of that here. God save us, for only He can as our Founders knew and warned us against the certain national suicide that would result from turning our backs on Him as we stupidly have, God save us.

russedav on February 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM

God save us, for only He can as our Founders knew and warned us against the certain national suicide that would result from turning our backs on Him as we stupidly have, God save us.

russedav on February 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM

+1

YiZhangZhe on February 12, 2016 at 9:35 PM

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