Because the dingbats at the New York Times, like the State Department and Hillary herself, really didn’t believe the first review, Michael Schmidt posted a piece in the middle of the night last night saying that a second report of what was in Hillary Clinton’s emails confirms the Intelligence Inspector General’s conclusions from the first.
A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said.
Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and the State Department disputed the inspector general’s finding last month and questioned whether the emails had been overclassified by an arbitrary process. But the special review — by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — concluded that the emails were “Top Secret,” the highest classification of government intelligence, when they were sent to Mrs. Clinton in 2009 and 2011.
Ha. So the CIA AND Geospacial say that the Inspector General was right after all. There was highly classified material in Hillary Clinton’s email. On North Korean nuclear weapons, no less. Both the State Department and the Hillary camp’s call for an instant replay didn’t work. Naturally, neither entity agrees with the second report, but, geez, you’d think the actual intelligence people would know what should be classified and what isn’t.
“Our hope remains that these releases continue without being hampered by bureaucratic infighting among the intelligence community, and that the releases continue to be as inclusive and transparent as possible,” said Nick Merrill, a campaign spokesman.
John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, echoed Mr. Merrill.
“Classification is rarely a black and white question, and it is common for the State Department to engage internally and with our interagency partners to arrive at the appropriate decision,” he said in a statement. “Very often both the State Department and the intelligence community acquire information on the same matter through separate channels. Thus, there can be two or more separate reports and not all of them based on classified means. At this time, any conclusion about the classification of the documents in question would be premature.”
How many ways can these people try to CYA themselves? The CIA and Geospacial are not just any agencies. Well, Geospacial, anyway. The CIA strives not to be political no matter how hard the White House tries to make them that way. To say that there is “inter-agency” infighting when the two are in full agreement is patently stupid. The bottom line is Hillary had top secret stuff in her private email. That, my friends, by definition, is treason.
We’ll see how this one plays out. More at HotAir.
Full disclosure: this writer is superficially familiar with the Geospacial-Intelligence Agency. They are the people who interpret satellite images. In a building with no windows. Where everyone who goes in and out has to go through security more invasive than TSA and all cell phones MUST be left outside. They’re serious about this. Those people are not going to make up the criteria for Top Secret information.