Hillary Clinton was responsible for determining if her emails were classified
Since Hillary Clinton’s email scandal first surfaced the former Secretary of State defended her use of a homebrew email server by claiming she never sent nor received classified information on the server which was locked in somebody’s bathroom.
This excuse never held water for two reasons: First; because she conducted ALL State Department business on this homebrew server this would mean she never once received classified emails PERIOD and that is simply not believable, and second; emails which contain certain information are considered to be born classified even if they are not marked as such. A competent Secretary of State would know immediately if something should be classified one would think…
And speaking of a competent Secretary of State knowing which emails should be marked classified.
On her first day in office Hillary Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement which basically stated she understood the penalty for mishandling secret documents. (Of course the State Department has since said that Hillary Clinton’s email server was not approved to send or receive classified emails, but let that go.)
Here is the part of the agreement I find to be the most interesting:
The language of her NDA suggests it was Clinton’s responsibility to ascertain whether information shared through her private email server was, in fact, classified.
“I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with appropriate management authorities in the Department … in order to ensure that I know whether information or material within my knowledge or control that I have reason to believe might be SCI,” the agreement says.
It appears as if it was Hillary Clinton’s responsibility to meet with the proper people to make sure all emails were properly classified but of course that did not happen and now she is trying to use her own dereliction of duty to defend herself. Maybe she was too busy setting up Sydney Blumenthal’s business interests in Libya to worry about national security…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium