Rule Five Friday

2016_01_22_Rule Five Friday (1)Uh oh – the email problems of Her Royal Highness are growing more dire by the day.  Excerpt:

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 2016_01_22_Rule Five Friday (2)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.”

In other words, this is bad – really bad.   What is SAP material?

2016_01_22_Rule Five Friday (3)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.”

2016_01_22_Rule Five Friday (4)While on the General Staff of the Command Surgeon, U.S. Army, Europe, I held a Top Secret clearance and had opportunity to handle classified materials.  Email and the internet were barely in their infancy then, but were I to release any of that information, I would have quickly found myself stripped of rank and dropped into Leavenworth, where I would have enjoyed a new career of making big rocks into little rocks.  David Petreaus launched his career into self-destruct mode by doing precisely what Her Highness has done – improperly handle classified documents.

2016_01_22_Rule Five Friday (5)It’s hard to see any way out of this for Queen Hillary I.

So what will happen now, at this point in Her Highness’s nomination coronation process?  As proposed the other day, the rise of daffy old Bolshevik Sanders is almost certainly in part due to Her Majesty’s ongoing legal problems.

Now, imagine this:  In the middle of the DNC convention, next summer, the Justice Department hands down an indictment of Her Highness.  Think the Obama Administration would lift a finger to stop this?  No.  President Obama can’t have the tattered remnants of his legacy smeared by such transparent shenanigans, and there is very little love between Obamas and Clintons in any case – her appointment as SecState was almost certainly a case of “keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.”

It’s shaping up to be an entertaining summer.

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