The NBC Commander in Chief Forum took place this past Wednesday where Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answered questions that people asked. An Air Force and Navy veteran asked her a question. He also happened to serve in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. As well, he is a registered Republican. He asked,
“how can you expect those such as myself, who were and are entrusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president, when you clearly corrupted our national security?”
He went on,
“As a naval flight officer, I held a top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance, and that provided me access to materials and information highly sensitive to our war-fighting capabilities.
Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself, who were and are entrusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president, when you clearly corrupted our national security?”
His question is completely legitimate and one that many people in the United States would like answered. Clinton has long struggled with her email server scandal and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks on the American embassy and annex in Benghazi, Libya. People are justifiably outraged and even more upset at her complete lack of taking responsibility and acknowledgment. Thus, her answer won’t be a surprise to most.
“Well, I appreciate your concern, and also your experience, but let me try to make the distinctions that I think are important for me to answer your question. First, as I said to Matt, you know and I know, classified material is designated. It is marked. There is a header so that there is no dispute at all that what is being communicated to or from someone, who has that access, is marked classified.
And what we have here is the use of an unclassified system by hundreds of people, in our government, to send information that was not marked. There were no headers. There was no statement, ‘top secret,’ ‘secret,’ or ‘confidential.’ I communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system.
I took it very seriously. When I traveled, I went into one of those little tents that I’m sure you’ve seen around the world, because we didn’t want there to be any potential for someone to have embedded a camera to try to see whatever it is that I was seeing that was designated, marked, and headed as classified. So, I did exactly what I should have done, and I take it very seriously. always have, always will.”
Her answer was not surprising considering she simply flirted around actually answering the question. Luckily Julian Assange recently announced he will be releasing more of those classified emails she deleted with the C marking – Indicating she knew that she was mailing classified information to people she shouldn’t on a private server.
The truth is like a lion, it doesn’t need to be defended, let it free, it will defend itself.