Remember when Camp Hillary claimed the classified emails on her private server weren’t ORIGINALLY classified — suggesting that our former Secretary of State was simply the hapless and unwitting recipient of classified information? (I mean, how’s a poor Secretary of State to know heads of foreign states and such might be sending her stuff?)
Hmm, when was that again? Oh yeah, just yesterday!
Well, don’t look now, Camp Hillary, but even the mainstream media is already calling “B.S.” on your latest big fat lie. (Of course, most people didn’t believe it for a second any way…)
As Breitbart reports, an exclusive Reuters examination reveals that, despite Clinton’s repeated claims to the contrary, some dozens of her emails contained information that would have made them classified from the get-go. In other words, they were “born classified.”
Before we dig in, let’s try this little exercise, just for kicks. Ask yourself, would YOU recognize as classified emails that include privately shared comments by a prime minister, several foreign ministers and — wait for it — a foreign spy chief? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you, dear reader, would. Even though this woman who wants you to vote her into the Oval Office thinks you’re too stupid to recognize her latest paper-thin excuse as a lie.
OK, back to what Breitbart tells us about the matter at hand:
Another one of Hillary Clinton’s false talking points collapses, as Reuters examines what it describes as “dozens” of her emails and finds they contain information that was classified from the moment the information was generated… meaning that, despite Clinton’s repeated statements to the contrary, they were “born classified” — classified on the day she received them.
Her claim that she never sent any classified emails appears to have been disproved as well.
These conclusions were reached by studying the new classified markings applied to many of the emails as they are released to the public. The classification system includes “a string of dates, letters, and numbers describing the nature of the classification,” and this data indicates some of the emails “are filled with a type of information the U.S. government and the department’s own regulations automatically deems classified from the get-go — regardless of whether it is already marked that way or not.”
In the small fraction of emails made public so far, Reuters has found at least 30 email threads from 2009, representing scores of individual emails, that include what the State Department’s own “Classified” stamps now identify as so-called ‘foreign government information.’ The U.S. government defines this as any information, written or spoken, provided in confidence to U.S. officials by their foreign counterparts.
This sort of information, which the department says Clinton both sent and received in her emails, is the only kind that must be “presumed” classified, in part to protect national security and the integrity of diplomatic interactions, according to U.S. regulations examined by Reuters.
“It’s born classified,” said J. William Leonard, a former director of the U.S. government’s Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). Leonard was director of ISOO, part of the White House’s National Archives and Records Administration, from 2002 until 2008, and worked for both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
“If a foreign minister just told the secretary of state something in confidence, by U.S. rules that is classified at the moment it’s in U.S. channels and U.S. possession,” he said in a telephone interview, adding that for the State Department to say otherwise was “blowing smoke.”
“Blowing smoke” — exactly what we’ve all been saying, now confirmed by someone who should definitely know.
So not only has Clinton been making false statements, it would appear the State Department has knowingly assisted her in making them. Naturally, Reuters reports the State Department “disputed” their analysis…. but adds that it “declined requests to explain how it was incorrect.”
The rest of State’s response includes the spokesman whining that it’s too hard to keep track of exactly what was classified and when, which will come as shocking news to American citizens who thought their trillion-dollar national security apparatus kept careful track of such things. (Then again, we learned earlier this week that State claims it doesn’t even keep careful tabs on its secure cell phones, so maybe nothing should surprise us at this point.)
If Reuters’ analysis of the rules is correct – and they spend quite a few column inches going through them, as well as receiving confirmation from the director of the Information Security Oversight Office – the State Department’s excuses are irrelevant anyway. The point of having a procedure that states foreign government information is classified from Minute One is to eliminate the need for a formal procedure that might be forgotten about later – say, when the former Secretary of State is trying to run for President and gets caught with a home-brewed email server full of sensitive documents.
As for sending classified emails, Clinton sent at least 17 of them containing automatically-classified foreign government information… at least one of them to her henchman Sidney Blumenthal, who wasn’t even a government employee.
And we’re not talking about yoga exercise routines passed along by some foreign minister’s wife:
The information appears to include privately shared comments by a prime minister, several foreign ministers and a foreign spy chief, unredacted bits of the emails show. Typically, Clinton and her staff first learned the information in private meetings, telephone calls or, less often, in email exchanges with the foreign officials.
In an email from November 2009, the principal private secretary to David Miliband, then the British foreign secretary, indicates that he is passing on information about Afghanistan from his boss in confidence. He writes to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s most senior aide, that Miliband “very much wants the Secretary (only) to see this note.”
Nearly five pages of entirely redacted information follow. Abedin forwarded it on to Clinton’s private email account.
Breitbart goes on to predict a few additional lines of defense Camp Hillary may already be plotting. The good news here, perhaps, is that it seems that maybe even the mainstream media is catching on more quickly to Clinton’s lies. Which, as we’ve said many times, is critical in the race against the 2016 clock. And, unlike in 2008 and 2012, they seem less willing to blindly look the other way to this candidate’s glaring flaws (put kindly) — even if she would be an historic “first.”
In some ways, the discussion of whether the emails were “classified” or not is almost a red herring distracting from another quite critical point. One of our readers put it well when he said:
“So, you’re telling me that someone who is “unable” to decide if information is a threat to national security is fit to run the country? Seems legit to me.”
Our thoughts exactly!