Catherine Herridge reports the findings of the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s summary of intelligence agencies’ review to date of the information in Hillary Clinton’s unsecured emails. Herridge notes that the IG letter wasa sent to the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and State Department inspector general. It’s a shame the subject has made Bernie Sanders sick. It has considerably more merit than his usual socialist shtick. This seems like a big deal:
Hillary Clinton’s emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government’s most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers.
Fox News exclusively obtained the text of the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).
That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to two emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.
Herridge injects this evocative remembrance of things past:
According to court documents, former CIA Director David Petraeus was prosecuted for sharing intelligence from special access programs with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. At the heart of his prosecution was a non-disclosure agreement where Petraeus agreed to protect these closely held government programs, with the understanding “unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention or negligent handling … could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation.” Clinton signed an identical non-disclosure agreement Jan. 22, 2009.
Fox News is told that the recent IG letter was sent to the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees and leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and State Department inspector general.
Herridge turned to a former senior law enforcement source with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures for comments. She concludes her report with his comment that the finding in the IG letter represents a potential violation of section 793 of the Espionage Act prohibiting “gross negligence” in the handling of secure information under the Espionage Act.
The IG letter itself hasn’t been made public yet, but it won’t stay under wraps for long and at this point, it might make a difference. Might.
Herridge’s report is here and the whole thing is must reading.