A new report indicates government officials knew Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on a non-secure server genuinely put lives at risk.
Political pundit Charles Krauthammer explained a couple of weeks ago that Hillary Clinton’s actions in wantonly handling classified information on her private e-mail server was actually worse than what Edward Snowden had done.
That assessment came on the heels of a report indicatinga top inspector general had written a letter to senior lawmakers, in which it was revealed that Clinton’s private server contained intelligence classified above top secret.
The intelligence is known as “special access programs” (SAP).
Krauthammer slammed Clinton over handling such information in a careless manner, explaining that “This (above top secret data) is so sensitive … if it’s compromised, people die.”
Today, a new bombshell report confirms that assessment via a top government official who said that “operational intelligence” on an unsecured server put ‘sources, methods and lives at risk.’
Via Fox News:
Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence” – and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives,” a U.S. government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News.
The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and was limited in discussing the contents because of their highly classified nature, was referring to the 22 “TOP SECRET” emails that the State Department announced Friday it could not release in any form, even with entire sections redacted.
The announcement fueled criticism of Clinton’s handling of highly sensitive information while secretary of state, even as the Clinton campaign continued to downplay the matter as the product of an interagency dispute over classification. But the U.S. government official’s description provides confirmation that the emails contained closely held government secrets. “Operational intelligence” can be real-time information about intelligence collection, sources and the movement of assets.
That same government official revealed that “top secret” documents were sent over Clinton’s private server over almost her entire tenure at the State Department.
Rep. [score]Mike Pompeo[/score] (R-KS) wasted little time in lambasting Clinton over the news, saying even somebody with “an 8th grade reading level or above” would know that “the release of this information or the potential breach of a non-secure system presented risk to American national security.”
Clinton maintains that the rules were such that it was perfectly acceptable to handle classified material in this manner at the time, but that those rules have changed since.
She also told the Quad-City Times editorial board that her biggest regret when it comes to risking national security by carrying top secret information on a non-secure system is that she got caught.
Clinton told the editorial board that “it was a mistake” because “it’s caused all of this uproar and commotion.”