by Thomas Lifson
So blasé have the media become that no special notice accompanied a revelation yesterday that yet another serious violation of the law took place
How does one keep track of all the ways in which negligence has compromised national security in the course of Hillary Clinton’s private email server follies? Not that anything she did would pass James Comey’s muster for “criminal intent,” even though negligence specified in the statute is a crime that does not require intent.
So blasé have the media become that no special notice accompanied a revelation yesterday that yet another serious violation of the law took place when Hillary Clinton’s email server passed into the hands of a low ranking technician at Platte River Networks, a man who had no security clearance of any sort. Streiff explains at RedState:
The real news, in my opinion, comes from the testimony of a guy named Justin Cooper. Cooper was paid by both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton family to assist a State Department employee, Brian Pagliano, in managing Clinton's server. Why no one has focused on the blatant illegality of using a federal employee for personal chores is one of those decisions that I really don't understand. But up until July I was always under the misapprehension that failing to safeguard Top Secret documents was a punishable offense.
In this clip, Cooper makes some startling admissions.
First, he admits he does not have a security clearance. Of any kind. Whatsoever. Second, he had unfettered access to Hillary Clinton's email. This email included a lot of classified information because virtually all of her official communications would be classified at least at the lowest levels. This is demonstrated by the amount of redacted and declassified information that has been released. He was also responsible for destroying Hillary Clinton's discarded cell phones. We know that there was no accounting for those cell phones, no evidence that they were actually destroyed and not simply resold, and we also know those phones contained classified information.
Low level staff are typical targets of espionage. But rarely do they have the unfettered access to secrets that Cooper had. If a Republican presidential nominee had committed negligent crimes of this nature, he or she would be on every front page in the nation today.
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