AP report: Hillary Clinton’s emails could have compromised the names of CIA operatives
I have written three posts in the past about how Hillary Clinton could have exposed the names of CIA operatives who are working in the field: In this story we found out that Sidney Blumenthal sent Hillary Clinton an email which included the name of a top CIA operative working in Libya which she then passed on to others. Of course Sidney Blumenthal did not have the proper clearance to receive this information in the first place because Barack Obama forbade the former Secretary of State from appointing her to he cabinet. We also learned that Hillary Clinton discussed by name an Afghan national who was working with the CIA, and that she also shared “operational intelligence” which could have put lives in danger.
As bad as that is the AP is reporting that the possibility that Hillary Clinton might have jeopardized field operatives is more extensive than we previously thought. Here is more:
The names of CIA personnel could have been compromised not only by hackers who may have penetrated Hillary Clinton’s private computer server or the State Department system, but also by the release itself of tens of thousands of her emails, security experts say.
At least 47 of the emails contain the notation “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” which indicates the material referred to CIA personnel or matters related to the agency. And because both Clinton’s server and the State Department systems were vulnerable to hacking, the perpetrators could have those original emails, and now the publicly released, redacted versions showing exactly which sections refer to CIA personnel.
Hillary Clinton has maintained the defense that she neither sent nor received information which were marked as classified at the time of transmission but that is not a defense because some emails are “born classifed” even if they are not marked as such and it is up to the people in the State Department to understand and use sound judgement when sending and receiving emails. In fact Hillary Clinton was responsible for determining if her emails were classified.
Clearly emails marked with “B3 CIA PERS/ORG” would fall into that category and Hillary Clinton should have known this even if they were not marked classified. In my opinion this calls into question her judgement and I have to wonder how she could possibly be trusted to safeguard the nation’s secrets as well as the lives of the people we have working in the field if she becomes President of the United States.
Scooter Libby went to jail for much less than this…
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