A new report from Fox News has revealed that two of Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aides – Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan – exposed “top secret” information on the former Secretary of State’s secret e-mail server.
The sensitive material was recently deemed “too damaging for national security to release” and State Department spokesman John Kirby described the discovery as “a serious matter.”
In all, the top secret information was shared among “at least a dozen” aides, but could be even more widespread.
Via Fox News:
At least a dozen email accounts handled the “top secret” intelligence that was found on Hillary Clinton’s server and recently deemed too damaging for national security to release, a U.S. government official close to the review told Fox News.
The official said the accounts include not only Clinton’s but those of top aides – including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines – as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy and others. There is no public evidence they were authorized to receive the intelligence some of which was beyond Top Secret.
A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server.
Not only does this illustrate how widespread the potential mishandling of highly classified information was in connection with Clinton’s server, it also raises the question of whether two of Clinton’s top campaign aides have been interviewed by the FBI part of their ongoing investigation.
Jeff Bechdel, America Rising PAC communications director, released the following statement:
“Secretary Clinton not only put national security at risk when she housed all of her State Department emails, including those containing top secret information, on an unsecured private email server in her basement, but we now know she also shared that highly classified material with at least a dozen aides. This kind of reckless behavior is exactly why Clinton cannot be trusted and should not be president.”
Additionally, documents revealed by Judicial Watch showed that the State Departmetn urged Clinton’s legal team to delete e-mails that had been upgraded to “secret” in an attempt to recover classified documents that had been stored in unsecured environments.
The communications demonstrate the urgency in trying to reign in classified information that should never have been stored on a secret server in the first place.
The FBI recently confirmed the not-so-guarded secret that they were officially investigating the secret e-mail server.