Scandal: The media’s “no smoking gun” refrain about Hillary Clinton’s emails has been strangely muted since several turned up with information beyond Top Secret. But this is just the latest in a growing arsenal of smoking guns.
After each previous batch of emails that has been released, reporters would quickly proclaim that there was nothing in them definitely proving that Clinton broke the law. At least, that’s what one would assume constitutes a “smoking gun,” given the way the scandal has been covered.
But what if a “smoking gun” means catching her in a flat lie or putting national security at risk or being unbelievably, if not criminally, negligent in her handing of classified information?
By those perfectly reasonable standards, there are so many smoking guns now that Hillary is starting to resemble Annie Oakley.
The latest revelation is the hardest for even a biased press to ignore, because it so clearly demonstrates that Clinton repeatedly lied when she said she never knowingly sent or received any classified material from the private, unsecured homebrew email server stashed in her New York home.
A review by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough found emails that contain “special access program” (SAP) information, which is available only on a “need to know” basis because exposure could put a human asset at risk.
The material contained in these emails is so sensitive, in fact, that some senators on the Foreign Relations Committee couldn’t see them unless they fulfilled additional security requirements.
“If you have worked with classified material for more than a day, it seems highly implausible that someone could receive any of the aforementioned over an unsecure medium without alarm bells sounding,” intel analyst Anthony DeChristopher wrote in The Hill.
For Clinton to claim that she didn’t know that she was sending or receiving SAP material because it wasn’t marked is tantamount to accusing herself of complete incompetence.Read the rest of this IBD Editorial HERE.
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