Who knew? In the loftiest echelons of government intelligence, there is a level higher than top secret.
If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew, she appears not to have cared, judging from a newly disclosed letter to senior lawmakers from a top inspector general. The missive indicates that Clinton’s private server contained information culled from the U.S. government’s most secretive and highly classified programs.
Via Fox News:
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.
The letter indicates that multiple sworn declarations show that Clinton had “several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/SAP levels.”
The Fox report goes on to explain that those documents designated as “SAP” are even more sensitive than those with the classification of “top secret.”
“Hillary Clinton’s decision to skirt government transparency laws with her secret email server has taken on an entirely new level of recklessness,” claims RNC spokesman Michael Short.
The revelation that Clinton exposed intelligence from our most secretive and highly classified programs raises serious legal questions given the fact she signed non-disclosure agreements obligating her to protect classified information regardless of whether it was marked.
That non-disclosure agreement can be read here: HRC-classified-NDA1
Clinton’s camp continues to maintain that any classified designations on documents appearing on her private server were made so retroactively, a claim that would be a meaningless defense under federal law.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession