For whatever reason, the entrenched political people in Washington trust Fox News. The ladies and gents of that network have obtained an unclassified letter from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough, III to the chairmen of the Senate committees on foreign relations and intelligence (as well as the House of Representatives, Intelligence and State personnel) regarding the status of multiple emails found thanks to the Freedom of Information Act forced releases of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails that went through an unsecure server stored in her home. So far, the emphasis on top secret, and classified information pulled from Hillary Clinton’s private home email server has been no higher than Top Secret status.
As it happens, the IC Inspector General found information within the email cache regarding “special access programs” or SAPs. This is the sort of information that is on a need to know basis, and hardly anyone needs to know or the identity of intelligence assets and more can be compromised. What Mr. McCullough wrote:
An IC element refers to “Intelligence Community” sources, or persons of knowledge in intelligence. What the Inspector General is telling the senators is that a member of the intelligence community claims SAP level information went through Hillary’s server. Common sense tells those with knowledge of server security that information that was beyond top secret was left on a server in a private home. This is the sort of lapse that gets people killed, and got General David Petraeus a felony conviction.
Hillary and her team may claim that they did not know the information was that sensitive, but that’s a non-starter with the people in intelligence, and, as it happens, the FBI. Within the Fox News report on this story is the following statement:
“There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material,” a former senior law enforcement with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures told Fox News. “It is the most sensitive of the sensitive.”
What that information is has been shielded from public viewing by the inspector general sending the information in a separate communication to the congresscritters which is most likely labelled confidential or higher at the source.
This information – that SAP level intelligence was transmitted on an unsecure communications channel BY A SITTING SECRETARY OF STATE – can be added to the top of pile of violations of a number of laws found by the hundreds of lawyers and FBI agents combing through Hillary Clinton’s emails. This revelation, however, is far more egregious in that the intelligence network was compromised, and definitely putting gross negligence on the table.
Executive Order 13526 — called “Classified National Security Information” and signed Dec. 29, 2009 — sets out the legal framework for establishing special access programs. The order says the programs can only be authorized by the president, “the Secretaries of State, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence, or the principal deputy of each.”
The programs are created when “the vulnerability of, or threat to, specific information is exceptional,” and “the number of persons who ordinarily will have access will be reasonably small and commensurate with the objective of providing enhanced protection for the information involved,” it states.
Information from such programs was on Hillary’s server, and it is unmistakable when it originates. This letter may well blow open any investigation leaning toward a federal indictment of Hillary Clinton. Or it may not. Stay tuned.