Repeating tall tales must make them true within the Beltway or why would persons from the President of the United States to senior government officials persist in repeating such tales. For example, White Press Secretary Josh Earnest reinforced Obama’s comment on 60 Minutes that Clinton’s emails did not pose “… a national security problem,” telling reporters on Friday that some officials at the FBI have said Hillary Clinton is not a target of the current (classified email) investigation. These latest comments by the Obama White House reportedly have FBI and Justice Department officials ‘Super Pissed Off.’”
No wonder the FBI is “pissed-off” as it has committed well-over 100 agents into the review of the former Secretary of State’s emails and the private server that she purportedly kept in her private New York home.
Catherine Herridge told Greta Van Susteren over the weekend; “That statement by Josh Earnest has got the back up of our contacts at the FBI and Justice Department for two reasons… They are Super pissed off to use a technical term. Number one, Josh Earnest has absolutely no clearance or visibility in the FBI investigation. Number two, they say it really seems part of a troubling pattern from the White House because the president earlier said he did not see any national security implications to the Clinton emails and then we found out he had never been briefed.”
While Clinton is peddling her interpretation of history on the campaign trail like, “it” was all above board, past Secretaries of State did exactly what I did (they used public email boxes NOT private servers) and the emails in question had no email markings, the intelligence community is going ballistic. Secure or classified government email is transmitted on the SIPRNet servers and Non-secure email is transmitted on NIPRNet servers. It is the source of the emails and content of the emails that reflect their character and classification. But since Mrs. Clinton admittedly did not use a State Department email address it would have been plain to senders and recipients alike that the clintonemail.com was a non-governmental secure account.
She further blamed Republicans during her campaign swing in Iowa over the weekend for politicizing and criticizing the “over-classification run amok” of intelligence.
“After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails,” Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon told MSNBC. “This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called ‘innocuous’ by certain intelligence officials.” While Mrs. Clinton complains in great indignation that her emails are not being released, one must be reminded that she went to great lengths to create a private server free from the reach of FOIA’s and took the time to wipe the server prior to turning it over to the FBI under subpoena.
However, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan), who sits on the House intelligence committee, disagreed. “There is no way that someone, a senior government official who has been handling classified information for a good chunk of their adult life, could not have known that this information ought to be classified, whether it was marked or not… Anyone with the capacity to read and an understanding of American national security, an 8th-grade reading level or above, would understand that the release of this information or the potential breach of a non-secure system presented a risk to American national security.”
He also explained the process his committee takes when there is a threat or breach. “Anytime our national security team determines that there’s a potential breach, that is information that might potentially have fallen into the hands of the Iranians, or the Russians, or the Chinese, or just hackers, that they begin to operate in a manner that assumes that information has in fact gotten out.”
Further, a 2009 email released to Judicial Watch after the watchdog organization filed a federal lawsuit suggests the State Department ‘s senior manager Patrick Kennedy was caught trying to help the Secretary check her personal email at work, and even wrote to Clinton’s top advisor Cheryl Mills that a “stand-alone separate network PC is … [one] great idea.”
This is something Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch thought was not only a bad idea but also criminal. “The emails show that the top administrator at the State Department, Patrick Kennedy, who is still there overseeing the response to all the inquiries about Hillary Clinton, was in on Hillary Clinton’s separate email network and system from the get-go.”
During an ABC News interview, Mrs. Clinton was pressed about a 2009 non-disclosure agreement she signed before her duties as Secretary of State. The agreement acknowledges that markings are irrelevant, “classified information is marked or unmarked … including oral communications.”
Then Clinton shifted blame to her aides and said, “When you receive information, of course, there has to be some markings, some indication that someone down the chain had thought that this was classified and that was not the case.”
Reality becomes surreal as the Clinton email saga plays-out. The facts conclude that she did not safeguard classified information and may have even participated in a scheme to circumvent security classification systems, yet Valerie Plame, the CIA officer outted in the George Bush administration resulting in Scooter Libby going to jail, was on the stump for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire last week. Go figure.