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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

National security--what, Hillary worry?

A "senior aide" to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left classified material unattended and unsecured in a hotel room in China in 2010. This incredible violation was confirmed as Hillary Clinton is under a renewed FBI investigation (yes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation actually investigates) of mishandling classified and sensitive information on a private server of her closest aide, Huma Weiner Abedin, who is also under investigation.

The aide who left this information unattended has not been named.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told Fox News in a statement issued after a FOIA request was filed with the agency: 
"In May 2010, Secretary Clinton was on official travel in Beijing, China, accompanied by senior staff. Upon Secretary Clinton's departure, a routine security sweep by Diplomatic Security agents identified classified documents in a staff member's suite."
Diplomatic Security wrote up the incident on Form 117, and Marine Security Guards (Semper Fi) filed a separate formal report, according to Fox's source.

The information about the mishandling of classified information came into the light of day when the FBI investigated whether Hillary Clinton or her staff violated the US Espionage Act by mishandling classified and top secret information. 

Obviously they had violated the law, at least we know Hillary did based on public knowledge that she used a private server for her job as secretary of state, and the fact that sensitive information was found to be contained on the server. That's all it takes to be indicted, but James Comey, FBI Director, apparently acted politically by not recommending indictment of behavior that clearly was indictable. He is trying to undo that now, it appears.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, (R-Calif.) cited a whistleblower who came to him with an allegation that it was Hillary Clinton herself who left the material out, and he wrote to the FBI seeking more information.

Nunes wrote to Director Comey: "I . . . understand that former Secretary Clinton left unclassified documents in her hotel room in China and that U.S. Marine Corps security officials filed a report related to the possible compromise of the documents."

In another instance, Nunes said in an email released in response to a FOIA request, described Huma Abedin asking another Clinton staffer to remove "burnstuff" Abedin had left in a car during a trip to India.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Kirby told Fox News that the incident with Abedin may not have involved classified material. Perhaps it was a recipe for chicken biryani.

Kirby insisted, however, that the China incident had nothing to do with Clinton because, well, nothing negative ever does.

"To be clear -- this was not Secretary Clinton's hotel room and no citation whatsoever was given to Secretary Clinton, nor were any reports written about Secretary Clinton's conduct." 

Evidently, everyone knew what happens to someone who crosseds a Clinton.

When the security sweep was made, the suite in question was still inside of a Diplomatic Security-controlled area, Kirby claimed, and under direct control of a Diplomatic Security agent posted outside the room.

"Ultimately, Diplomatic Security concluded that classified information had been improperly secured, but that the evidence did not support assigning culpability to any individual [which is a universal problem with Clinton and her ilk]. Furthermore, the Diplomatic Security investigation concluded that due to the fact that the documents were found within a Diplomatic Security controlled area, the liklihood that the information was comprised was remote."

Just like it was remote that Hillary Clinton's mobile devices and private server with classified state department emails would be compromised.

Leaving out classified or top secret information is a serious offense. 

"Diplomatic Security and the Marine Security Guard takes exposure of classified information very seriously," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy research at the Center for Immigration Studies. "You can lose your security clearance if you're caught more than once, and that means you might lose your job. It's a big deal."

We wish Hillary Clinton would have taken it seriously and we all wonder if she does now.

In 2013, Monica Hanley, a top aide to then-Secretary of State Clinton, got into trouble with the agency's security and law enforcement when she lost classified information while accompanying Clinton on a diplomatic trip to Moscow, normally a friendly country not interested in our secrets. This little incident was also revisited by the FBI earlier this year when it looked into Hillary's own incompetence in handling sensitive data that could easily compromise national security.

Hanley was given a good talking to and "verbal counseling" by Diplomatic Security.

Personally, I believe Clinton should have her security clearance yanked and not be allowed to run for the presidency. Not only is she incompetent in dealing with classified information, she has compromised the integrity of her position as secretary of state and as a presidential candidate by accepting huge sums of money from foreign nations for her "charity front."