More great news for the Bernie Sanders campaign and bad news for the GOP: the number of highly classified emails found in Hillary's private email server is in the double digits. Via FoxNews' Catherine Herridege, who is probably walking the razor's edge between being disappeared and vacationing in Guantanamo.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” said the IG letter to lawmakers with oversight of the intelligence community and State Department. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”
The significance of this is that "several dozen" documents exist on Hillary's private server that were classified "Confidential" and above by the Intelligence Community. This means that Hillary Clinton's defense about these documents being declared classified after she sent them is simply wrong. The people who created the documents have filed an affidavit certifying to that fact. Now the question becomes a) how they got there and b) how many foreign intelligence agencies had a look at them.
The intriguing part of this is the verification of "special access program" information.
A SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is something to brag about at cocktail party when there are attractive, tipsy, and not very bright women about, but they really mean very little. A TOP SECRET clearance doesn't let you just waltz into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and look around. You have to have "need to know" and then you need to be "read into" a particular "special access program" that is identified by either a code-word or a nickname (nuclear weapons info and Single Integrated Operating Plan, aka SIOP, targets are included but I don't think that is what is in question here). And, just as you don't wander in and look around, you don't leave with classified information. For "special access program" to leave a SCIF you have to deliberately circumvent some pretty stringent security procedures. That is more likely to be done by someone of high rank in an organization like State Department which has a fairly toothless security apparatus if the Secretary or her cronies decide to override the system.
We know there were at least two instances of highly classified satellite imagery being removed from a SCIF and sent via an unsecure email system and stored in an unsecure server. And there is no innocent explanation for how this came to be. We do know that on at least one occasion, Hillary ordered an underling to send her classified information via unsecure email, directing him:
“If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
FBI Director James Comey has sworn that his people will follow the investigation wherever it leads. By this email, it seems that life is about to get Hobbesian for a lot of Clinton's inner circle. Will Obama intervene to keep her from being indicted? I don't know. I take the announcement that Defense is about to undertake proceedings to reduce General David Petraeus in rank as a message to the Democrat establishment that Hillary is on her own and they should proceed accordingly.