Did you notice the irony a few months ago when Hillary Clinton gave her speech before the DNC, accepting her nomination as the Democrat candidate? In what was likely an appeal to Black Lives Matter, she made reference to a criminal justice system that doesn’t treat everyone fairly. She might as well have been speaking about herself.
I (Matt Palumbo) certainly agree that there are two legal systems, but it’s not one that discriminates based on race, it’s one that discriminates based on wealth and power. And you know who has a good deal of both? Hillary Clinton.
That’s why someone can commit the exact same crime as Hillary Clinton – and actually go to jail for it.
Via the New York Times:
The F.B.I. secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks and is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer code developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials.
The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years, an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs in the United States and abroad.
The contractor was identified as Harold T. Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Md., according to a criminal complaint filed in late August. He was charged with theft of government property, and unauthorized removal or retention of classified documents. During an F.B.I. raid of his house, agents seized documents and digital information stored on electronic devices. A large percentage of the materials found in his house and car contained highly classified information.
At the time, F.B.I. agents interviewed Mr. Martin, and he initially denied having taken the documents and digital files. The agency later said he had stated that he knew he was not authorized to have the materials. According to the complaint, he told the agency that “he knew what he had done was wrong and that he should not have done it because he knew it was unauthorized.”
More recently, retired General James Cartwright will likely go to prison over of a leak classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Military.com reports, while Cartwright himself has not been identified as the source of the leak, “The charging documents…say Cartwright misled prosecutors about classified information shared with another journalist, Daniel Klaidman.”
As we’ve reported previously, there are no fewer than five other people who’ve committed the same crime as Hillary did pertaining to her use of a private email server, and they all faced consequences. Were the circumstances of their cases radically different? No – except for the fact that they lacked the “Clinton” surname.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12