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Hillary Emails Contained Info From Most Secretive Sources, Says Inspector General

Hillary Emails Contained Info From Most Secretive Sources, Says Inspector General

This is not going to end well

Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email account while serving as Secretary of State was a security disaster if ever there was one.

Not only did she route her personal email account through a home-brewed server (a home-brewed server that was kept in the bathroom), classified information has been found in over 1,000 emails reviewed by the Department of State.

Worse still, emails released by the State Department as part of court-ordered monthly document dump suggest Hillary instructed subordinates to remove classified designations from documents in order to send them through insecure channels.

Now, the Inspector General says Hillary’s emails contained information from the most secretive, classified sources.

Fox News has the exclusive. It’s a lengthy report worth a read, but here’s an excerpt:

Fox News exclusively obtained the text of 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.

“There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material,” a former senior law enforcement with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures told Fox News. “It is the most sensitive of the sensitive.”

Executive Order 13526 — called “Classified National Security Information” and signed Dec. 29, 2009 — sets out the legal framework for establishing special access programs. The order says the programs can only be authorized by the president, “the Secretaries of State, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence, or the principal deputy of each.”

The programs are created when “the vulnerability of, or threat to, specific information is exceptional,” and “the number of persons who ordinarily will have access will be reasonably small and commensurate with the objective of providing enhanced protection for the information involved,” it states.

According to court documents, former CIA Director David Petraeus was prosecuted for sharing intelligence from special access programs with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. At the heart of his prosecution was a non-disclosure agreement where Petraeus agreed to protect these closely held government programs, with the understanding “unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention or negligent handling … could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation.” Clinton signed an identical non-disclosure agreement Jan. 22, 2009.

Fox News is told that the recent IG letter was sent to the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and State Department inspector general.

Fox News has asked the committees to make the letter public because its findings are unclassified.

Representatives for the ODNI and intelligence community inspector general had no comment, but did not dispute the findings.

The intelligence community IG was responding in his message to a November letter from the Republican chairmen of the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees that questioned the State Department email review process after it was wrongly reported the intelligence community was retreating from the “top secret” designation.

Flashback to July when we learned some classified info from Hillary’s emails was data obtained from U.S. intelligence agencies. We blogged at the time:

Now, McClatchy is reporting that some of the classified information sent by Mrs. Clinton on her personal email account was data obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies.

McClatchy also has determined some details of the five emails that the intelligence community’s inspector general has described as classified and improperly handled.

Intelligence officials who reviewed the five classified emails determined that they included information from five separate intelligence agencies, said a congressional official with knowledge of the matter.

The Benghazi email made public contained information from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a spy agency that maps and tracks satellite imagery, according to the official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The other four classified emails contained information from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, the official said.

The Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General did not respond to questions about the matter. The five agencies either referred questions about it to the inspector general’s office or declined to comment.

And the plot thickens.

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holdingmynose | January 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

What difference, at this point, does it make? Let the voters decide.

    The vile old lying whore should be in a cell, not on a ballot. The Dim party demonstrates it’s disdain for the rule of law be allowing her to continue.

DINORightMarie | January 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

This is not going to end well.

Why would you say that?

This is Hillary – Slick Willy’s enabler-wifey. She learned from the “best.”

    MattMusson in reply to DINORightMarie. | January 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Whether Hillary ever faces any consequences – it still does end well because foreign powers were reading these Secrets.
    It seems obvious that the Iranians were reading these emails and tracking the ambassador’s whereabouts in Libya.
    So, it did not end well for him.

Hillary needs to be indicted and prosecuted so as to be made an example to whoever may treat classified emails so poorly. If she isn’t indicted we need to clean out the DOJ of these partisan hacks.

Just gave a quick glance at ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN…no mention…no surprise.

Sorry for the cliché, but “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

Executive Order 13526 — called “Classified National Security Information” and signed Dec. 29, 2009 — sets out the legal framework for establishing special access programs. The order says the programs can only be authorized by the president, “the Secretaries of State, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence, or the principal deputy of each.”

Herr Schadenfreude gleefully notes that Hillary could very well get nailed in part for running afoul of an Obama EO.

Ironic, huh?

How long can this old hag continue to swirl around the drain?

Yea this has 11:59 pm January 19th, 2017 Presidential Pardon written all over it.

If we had a Congress that was worth a damn, a special session would be called today to start the process of holding her in contempt of congress and a warrant for her arrest would be issued by the sergeant-at-arms live on the 7pm news.

Screw it, let it burn to the ground… Force Obama to pardon her if he even can for such an offense.

“Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email account while serving as Secretary of State was a security disaster if ever there was one.”

The issue isn’t that she used a private email account + private hardware in her transactions as Secretary of State.

It’s how she took the extraordinary effort to create a privately hosted email account with the knowledge that it would gave her the means to erase all record of her dealings.

E-mailgate is the sequel to Whitewater, Filegate and Travelgate.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Aucturian. | January 20, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Many people note it’s not just the secrets mishandled. The whole point of having a private server was to shield contributions to Clinton “charities” and trust funds.
    Recall that Petraeus lost his job for showing his personal journal to one person. A person who had a top secret clearance. Compare and contrast the treatment of Hillary.

Hillary slobbered all over herself hailing Barky and his ‘achievements’ during the debate Sunday night.

Like she KNOWS what’s coming.

American Human | January 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

I think this is the umpteenth time I’ve brought this up here and elsewhere.
Classified servers are closed systems with their own protected and encrypted networks. No one has access to both a classified server and an unclassified server on the same workstation.
In order for her to have received classified emails on her “home brew” server, someone must have uploaded from the classified system onto a portable media format i.e. a CD or thumb drive, and then walked over to an unclassified server and then sent it from there to her address.
This is pure and simple gross negligence. I used to have the accesses that they say were exposed i.e. TK, SAP etc. and if I had done this, I would be beginning the 3rd year of my 25 year prison sentence.

Hillary: another reason to keep GITMO open.

GEN Petreaus was prosecuted for a fraction of what the “Smartest Woman in the World” (yeah, right) had on her server (1,300 classified emails and counting). The only way she will ever see jail is if she goes visiting.

Of course, al-Chicagi is waiting in the wings to get Sasquatch as the Donk’s candidate. His DoJ may just prosecute this case.

riverlife_callie | January 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

A question for the lawyers…Can Obama pardon Hillary if she hasn’t yet been charged with anything? In other words, what if she is not charged until a new (hopefully Conservative) President is in office? Would any blanket pardon issued by Obama be valid?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to riverlife_callie. | January 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Not a lawyer but I have looked into the subject recently and a Presidential Pardon is pretty open. It can simply say something to the effect of “is pardoned for all crimes he/she may have committed prior to the pardon.”

    Now the one thing I don’t believe it can do is pardon for future crimes. Most presidents toss out a couple of pardons at 11:59 pm on Jan 19th.

    Well, that worked for Gerald Ford and Tricky Dick.

    Yes he can pardon her , Ford did for Nixon , he was not indicted or charged at the time.

    Well, the constitution does specifically exempt pardons from being applicable to impeachments… So in theory a pardon issued now would not prevent impeachment proceedings for the crimes at a later date if that person was in office later on.

Gremlin 1974 it would be kind of funny if something happened and Obama couldn’t sign it that night

It is clear that Hillary broke the law in numerous ways on numerous occasions. Yet I sincerely doubt she will be indicted. It’s well known that the FBI can only make recommendations and Loretta Lynch as AG will have the final say on an indictment. She’s not going to indict the presidential frontrunner of her own party.

So how do the Democrats get out of this? 18 US 1924 states it is a crime to: “knowingly remove such [classified] documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location

Perhaps they will claim that Hillary should not be indicted because she 1) did not remove confidential information without authority and/or 2) did not remove classified information in an unauthorized location. For the former she was the Secretary of State, she had broad discretion and the law is not clear on the line between .gov and public servers. Previous secretaries like Colin Powell used a personal, unsecured account.

For the latter, I am sure she will claim the Obama Administration knew she had a private server and therefore she did nothing illegal. Hillary and her minions openly sent emails from the server all over the place probably including to Obama so it was no secret she had her own server.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to steer. | January 20, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Oh, I can see her being indicted. Remember Obama made her Sec. of State for political expedience, but think back to the 2008 election, Obama and her do not like one another, so I doubt he would stop and indictment. Also, stopping the indictment may make it look like he was more involved than he wants to admit.

Henry Hawkins | January 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

It is my hope that the seeming delay in calling for a grand jury is only to make sure every t is crossed, every i dotted, everything properly nailed down before they proceed given the enormous effect on presidential politics and the eely slipperiness of the Clintons. Plus, it takes time for secretly forewarned elite co-conspirators to effect their personal cover-ups prior to indictment.