Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails are in the news again, and members of the U.S. military and intelligence community sense that there’s a dangerous double standard developing regarding the handling of classified information.
I know this because I currently serve.
The New York Times revealed Monday that Clinton regularly discussed and circulated emails from close family associate Sidney Blumenthal as a source for Libyan intelligence prior to the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012.
This is problematic since Blumenthal doesn’t work within the administration, defense or intelligence community — and doesn’t have a secret clearance.
In this particular segment of the correspondence, reported by the New York Post, Clinton openly discussed the arming of Libyan rebels with Blumenthal:
“Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”
This is in reference to arming rebel forces that would eventually oust Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.