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Inspector General’s letter shows Clinton’s handling of top secret emails worse than thought

January 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Inspector General’s letter shows Clinton’s handling of top secret emails worse than thought

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Further shocking revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s email scandal surfaced on Tuesday that could lead to significant mounting legal problems for the Democratic Presidential candidate.

A letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers has revealed that Clinton handled U.S. government intelligence on the most highly classified and sensitive programs on her unprotected home server.

The unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III, detailed the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies, which uncovered an additional”several dozen” including intelligence specified as “special access programs” (SAP,) which are a classification of information that ranks even above top secret.

In two emails found on the server contained such highly classified intelligence, which adds further scrutiny of Clinton’s handling of sensitive government information.

“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These statements cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels. According to the declarant; these documents contained information derived from confidential IC element sources.”

Obtaining access to a SAP is restricted on a “need-to-know” because it could expose the origin of the intelligence, which could put at risk a human asset which is the source of the intel.

So far, investigators have identified around 1,340 emails containing the “classified” designation discovered on Clinton’s server, even though the Democratic presidential hopeful has vehemently denied handing any detailed information.

A former senior law enforcement who has years of experience investigating violations of such highly classified procedures told Fox News, “There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material, the information is the most highly sensitive.”

A Presidential Executive Order 13526 signed on Dec. 29th, 2009 — called “Classified National Security Information” details the legality for establishing special access programs.

It states only the president can authorize such programs. They are created when “the vulnerability of, or threat to, accurate information is exceptional,” and “the number of persons who ordinarily will have access will be reasonably small and commensurate with the objective of providing enhanced protection for the information involved.

The prosecution of former CIA Director David Petraeus centered around the sharing of information from special access programs with his mistress Paula Broadwell.

Clinton signed a similar non-disclosure agreement that Petraeus violated agreeing to protect the tightly held government programs, with the understanding that negligent handling could lead to irreparable damage to the U.S. government or could be used to by a foreign nation.”

The letter by the Inspector General was sent to the leadership’s the intelligence committees in both the House and Senate as well as the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and State Department inspector general.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a released statement: “The State Department is focused on and committed to delivering former Secretary Clinton’s emails in a manner that protects sensitive information. No one takes this more seriously than we do.”

Although the State Department and Clinton campaign have said the emails in questions were “retroactively classified” or “upgraded” – to justify the more than 1,300 classified emails on her server – those terms are meaningless under federal law.

The former federal law enforcement official said the finding in the Inspector General’s letter represents a potential violation of USC 18 Section 793, “gross negligence” in the handling of secure information under the Espionage Act.

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