Hillary Clinton and her claims about not having classified data on her private server collapsed as 1,340 classified e-mails materialized. She then pleaded that nothing on her server was “marked classified.” Plenty of “born classified” messages surfaced that anyone with six years’ service on the Senate Armed Services Committee easily would have recognized as classified — even without markings.
It now appears that those markings were deleted by former Secretary Clinton’s top State Department aides, so that she and they could enjoy the “convenience” of seeing classified documents on their BlackBerrys — including Clinton’s hacker-friendly device.
As Hoover Institution scholar Paul Sperry explained in the Jan. 24 New York Post, emails cannot jump from classified government systems to unclassified ones.
“Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the [secret] systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document,” Sperry wrote, citing Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Raymond Fournier. “Either way,” Fournier said
, “it’s totally illegal.”
The result? Clinton’s naked BlackBerry and server contained classified documents shorn of their pesky classified labels. Such messages would have been so sensitive that, Fournier said, “It would have been obvious to Clinton.”
“It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” Fournier told Sperry. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.”
Through this verboten conceal-cut-and-paste protocol, Perry reports, staffers placed top secret messages onto Clinton’s unshielded server. These included:
- Travel and security details for U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in 2011. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists murdered him and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.
- Military intelligence from U.S. Africa Command in 2011, based on satellite observations of Libyan troops.
- Clinton illegally instructed adviser Jake Sullivan to send classified talking points via an unprotected fax in June 2011: “Turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
- Investigative details about a suspected Benghazi terrorist sought by the FBI. This 2012 message cited a security officer in the region.
Despite this plot to violate U.S. national security, Clinton assured
CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday: “Nothing that I did was wrong.”
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Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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