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I’m sure this isn’t very important because, as someone famous once said, “What difference at this point does it make?” The guy does seem to be dead, so not much we can do.
Late last month, it was revealed that at least one of the emails stored on Hillary Clinton’s private email server was highly classified because it contained information derived from/pertaining to a human source.
At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O,” which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record.
According to a December 2013 policy document released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: “The HSC-0 compartment (Operations) is used to protect exceptionally fragile and unique IC (intelligence community) clandestine HUMINT operations and methods that are not intended for dissemination outside of the originating agency.”
Now more information has come out that may be related to that case or may be related to an entirely different breach of security.
One of the classified email chains discovered on Hillary Clinton’s personal unsecured server discussed an Afghan national’s ties to the CIA and a report that he was on the agency’s payroll, a U.S. government official with knowledge of the document told Fox News.
The discussion of a foreign national working with the U.S. government raises security implications – an executive order signed by President Obama said such unauthorized disclosures are “presumed to cause damage to the national security.”
The U.S. government official said the Clinton email exchange, which referred to a New York Times report, was among 29 classified emails recently provided to congressional committees with specific clearances to review them. In that batch were 22 “top secret” exchanges deemed too damaging to national security to release.
Based on the timing and other details, the email chain likely refers to either an October 2009 Times story that identified Afghan national Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of then-Afghan president Hamid Karzai, as a person who received “regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency” — or an August 2010 Times story that identified Karzai aide Mohammed Zia Salehi as being on the CIA payroll. Ahmed Wali Karzai was murdered during a 2011 shoot-out, a killing later claimed by the Taliban.
There are several threads here.
First, any information held on Clinton’s private server must be considered as having been revealed to any security service with the ambition to try to penetrate the server. For most of its history is was not encrypted, it was stored in a facility that did not have any kind of intruder alert system, and it was open to probing from accounts within the Clinton Foundation.
Second, assuming that the obvious Clinton first line of defense will be used (it had appeared in the newspapers, everyone had read it), the obvious rejoinder is that an article appearing in the New York Times does not carry the same veracity as that article being discussed by the Secretary of State and her henchmen and catchfarts.
National security and intelligence experts emphasized to Fox News that security clearance holders are trained to not confirm or deny details of a classified program in an unclassified setting, which would include a personal unsecured email network, even if the classified program appears in press reports.
“The rules of handling classified information dictate if something is reported in open source [news reports] you don’t confirm it because it’s still classified information,” said Dan Maguire, who spent more than four decades handling highly classified programs and specialized in human intelligence operations.
If they knew the reports were true there was absolutely no reason for them to comment on the reports in unsecure communications.
Third, this type of breach of security would send anyone not named Hillary Clinton to prison for a long time. What she has functionally done is exactly the same thing that Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen did and they are serving life without parole.
To fully appreciate the scope of the damage Hillary has done to national security, read the whole email saga.