Hillary Clinton’s emails once again show how truly treasonous and corrupt this woman is and how beyond dishonest and corrupt Democrats have become.
Here is the new story out on how the State Department is doing damn near everything it can to cover-up for Hillary Clinton’s CRIMINAL behavior:
Sources: Clinton email markings changed to hide classified info
By Catherine Herridge
·Published September 01, 2015
At least four classified Hillary Clinton emails had their markings changed to a category that shields the content from Congress and the public, Fox News has learned, in what State Department whistleblowers believed to be an effort to hide the true extent of classified information on the former secretary of state’s server.
The changes, which came to light after the first tranche of 296 Benghazi emails was released in May, was confirmed by two sources — one congressional, the other intelligence. The four emails originally were marked classified after a review by career officials at the State Department. But after a second review by the department’s legal office, the designation was switched to “B5” — also known as “deliberative process,” which refers to internal deliberations by the Executive Branch. Such discussions are exempt from public release.
The B5 coding has the effect, according to a congressional source, of dropping the email content “down a deep black hole.”
The four mails are separate and distinct from another group of emails identified by the Intelligence Community Inspector General as containing two messages with “Top Secret” information.
A congressional source told Fox that a July 23rd letter to Congress from the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community made passing reference to the incident in the recommendations “…that State FOIA officials implement a dispute resolution process in regard to differences of opinion about classification levels and exemptions. State has not yet provided sufficient information for us to close this recommendations.”
According to recent congressional testimony, at least one of the lawyers in the office where the changes were made is Catherine “Kate” Duval, who was at the IRS during the Lois Lerner e-mail scandal and now handles the release of documents to the Benghazi select committee. Duval once worked for the same firm as Clinton’s private attorney David Kendall.
Fox News is told there were internal department complaints that Duval, and a second lawyer also linked to Kendall, gave at the very least the appearance of a conflict of interest during the email review. A State Department spokesman did not dispute the basic facts of the incident, confirming to Fox News the disagreement over the four classified emails as well as the internal complaints. But the spokesman said the concerns were unfounded.
The whistleblowers told intelligence community officials that they did not agree with the B5 changes, and the changes had the effect of shielding the full extent of classified content on the server. The incident was referenced in a Washington Times report mid-August, but this is the first time fuller details have been available. Because the emails are now marked B5, or deliberative, it is impossible to know the content and relevance to the congressional and FBI investigations.
The internal State Department disagreement was so significant that it rose to the level of Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, who is deeply involved in the email controversy, as Clinton’s server arrangement required his formal signoff or tacit approval. Asked who signed off on the private server on Tuesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, “I personally don’t know.”
Conservative group Judicial Watch, which has more than a dozen civil suits in federal courts, is now seeking a deposition of Kennedy in a case scrutinizing Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s controversial status as a special government employee (SGE). “All these issues fall under his responsibility,” Judicial Watch investigator Chris Farrell said.
Asked to respond to the allegations, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “the Department has complete confidence that its attorneys — who are almost exclusively career Department lawyers — perform to the highest professional and ethical standards, including in connection with the review and release of Secretary Clinton’s emails.” A State Department official added that the lawyers do not have the final say on the codes, emphasizing it is a “multi-step review.”
On the appearance of a conflict of interest, Kirby defended Duval as “an exceptional professional and has the Department’s utmost confidence … No one at the Department should, in addition to this burden, have her integrity or her excellent work ethic impugned.” And on the connection to Clinton attorney Kendall, “the mere fact of working at a firm does not itself constitute a conflict of interest. This is a large firm, and we are not aware that any counsel working on Clinton-related matters at the Department did so prior to joining the Department.”
A search of this week’s 7,000-page release found 694 emails with the B5 coding, about 10 percent of the total.
Fox News’ Pamela Browne contributed to this report.
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.
What’s funny, to begin with, is how the State Department is refusing to deal with the media and saying they’re only going to cooperate or talk with Congress WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PREVENT CONGRESS FROM SEEING ANYTHING.
Now “the most transparent administration in history” is actively and openly trying to dump as much evidence of their wrongdoing as possible down a bureaucratic “black hole” to prevent ANY transparency or accountability whatsoever. Obama is actually in point of fact WORSE THAN NIXON. And it is simply a DOCUMENTED FACT THAT OBAMA IS THE WORST IN HISTORY AT PREVENTING ANY TRANSPARENCY WHATSOEVER.
It has already been DOCUMENTED that Hillary Clinton had someone on her staff ILLEGALLY wipe out the classification markers so she could have the “talking point” that there was no classification on the classified email she was bandying around for the Russians and the Chinese and the North Koreans to read at will. The Los Angeles Times reported:
he Department of Justice said it is weighing whether to launch its own investigation after the inspector general for intelligence agencies notified the agency that classified information that went through the account appeared to have been mishandled. Administration officials and investigators declined to share details about the emails. But in a separate memo to lawmakers, the inspector general said that a review of just 40 of the 30,000 emails from the Clinton server found that four had information that should have been marked and handled as classified.
Clinton has made many assurances in recent months that she did not send or receive classified information on her personal server. Her campaign says the material in question had not been specifically marked as classified and, thus, Clinton broke no rules. The inspector general disputed that characterization in a statement late Friday, saying that the information in the emails was classified at the time, even if it wasn’t marked as such, and shouldn’t have been transmitted on a personal email system.
Even so, the revelation was an uncomfortable one for the candidate. And national security experts said the disclosure that that material that should have been marked classified made its way to Clinton’s personal email account at the very least fuels legitimate speculation about how the server was used.
“It tells us why this was such a bad idea,” said Stewart A. Baker, a former general counsel to the National Security Agency now in private practice. “It raises questions.”
Among them, Baker said, was whether staffers deliberately avoided marking sensitive emails to Clinton as classified so they could sidestep the bureaucrats who handle transmission of such material.
“She skipped the government circles and nobody was overseeing this and nobody was saying, ‘This info should not be on this system,’” Baker said. “If anything, there was an incentive for people to cross the line without making clear they were doing so.”
I pointed that article out and its obvious ramifications back in an article I wrote in September of this year. Somebody clearly stripped the classification markers – an act of TREASON – to give Hillary Clinton “plausible deniability.” Period. We’ve known for MONTHS that criminal acts were committed by Hillary Clinton and by her staff of witches and warlocks.
The second thing – and frankly Herridge should have brought this little factoid up in her above article – is that THE STATE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO UNILATERALLY ALTER THE CLASSIFICATION OF A DOCUMENT FROM ANOTHER AGENCY, SUCH AS THE CIA.
It is NOT the State Department’s information; it is the CIA’s information that the CIA shared with the State Department.
I’ll get to how incredibly DANGEROUS to our nation’s security this Democrat trick is later. But for now, let me continue on Hillary Clinton’s criminality and now the entire Obama State Department’s criminal cover-up of the clear future Democrat nominee’s criminality.
Classified emails stored on Hillary Clinton’s private computer server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA, McClatchy reported Thursday. One of the emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack was even released to the public by the State Department in May despite it being classified. That email contained information from the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which uses spy satellites. Four other emails contained info from the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence agencies. The inspector general for the intelligence community found the five classified emails out of a sample of 40 from the 30,000 emails Clinton gave to the State Department.
But perhaps the most troubling element in the McClatchy story is the assertion that “the State Department so far has refused to grant the intelligence-community inspector general access to the entire batch of emails on jurisdictional grounds.”
As Herridge reports, that number of “five” emails has now exploded into nearly 700.
State is also refusing to accept the intelligence IG’s finding that some emails in a limited sample of Mrs. Clinton’s 30,000 delivered to State contained top secret material. The IG said it was specially compartmentalized to signify it pertained to communications intercepts and to military satellite imagery and, or, intercepts.
Said Mr. Toner on Wednesday “We have not seen anything at the TS [top secret] level yet.”
This directly contradicts a memo sent on Tuesday by I. Charles McCullough III, the IG for the intelligence community, which includes 17 agencies.
The memo to House and Senate Intelligence committee leaders said an unspecified number of Clinton emails contained top secret information.
Mr. Toner told reporters, “We’re working with the director of national intelligence to resolve whether in fact this material is actually classified.”
Mr. McCullough, and his counter part at State, Steven Linick, took the extraordinary step on July 24 of issuing a joint statement that questioned that defense.
“These emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today,” they said.
They directly rebutted previous State Department statements that the material is classified today, but not when in sat in her server, while she was secretary of State. She left State in 2013 and is now the Democratic Party frontrunner for the presidential nomination.
What we are seeing is the entire Obama State Department machine directly and criminally covering up A CRIME for a PARTISAN POLITICAL REASON to the detriment of our national security.
This is the SAME Obama who very clearly ORDERED his appointees to alter intelligence that didn’t agree with the Obama political narrative.
You start to see the vile, cockroach bureaucrat tactics that Obama is routinely employing to cover up his crimes and the criminality of his thug-underlings:
One of the lawyers present during the review by State’s legal office was government attorney Catherine Duval, who was a key player in the controversy surrounding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails related to the investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
Duval, who is now spearheading the release of materials related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, formerly worked for the same law firm as the Clintons’ private attorney David Kendall.
So we’ve got a DIRECT TIE-IN between the Obama use of the IRS as his own personal “Internal Revenge Service” to target conservatives during an election, along with a direct tie-in between that IRS crime and the Benghazi cover-up. And now a direct tie-in between Obama’s IRS crimes and the Benghazi cover-up and Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. And that tie-in directly ties-in to Hillary Clinton PERSONALLY.
Good luck getting to the bottom of anything when the President of the United States is a traitor and a criminal who is aided-and-abetted by traitors and criminals at high levels whom he personally put in their positions.
Now let me point out why this is so incredibly dangerous to national security. During the Clinton years – and isn’t it funny how history starts to repeat itself – there were walls and barriers and interservice rivalries that prevented information from being exchanged by the various agencies that dealt with intelligence. That was THE NUMBER ONE THING that came out of the 9/11 Commission Report.
And right now, as we speak, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing absolutely everything they possibly can to guarantee that those same walls, barriers and rivalries are created anew so our enemies can attack us while we are totally blind again. Because right now, under Obama, and under Hillary Clinton, intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA absolutely CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT trust other agencies with their intelligence. So the only alternative is not to share it.
Hillary Clinton all but said to the CIA, the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Director of National Intelligence, “I frankly don’t give one flying DAMN about you or your intelligence or your sources or your security, and I’m going to use and abuse your product any damn partisan political way I want to.” With the obvious result being they quit sharing their product as a climate of mistrust dominates.
The Clinton Administration – deliberately and intentionally (and yes, incredibly foolishly) – created a wall that prevented intelligence agencies from sharing what they knew with one another. Clinton “intentionally erected to prevent intelligence agents from pooling information with their law-enforcement counterparts.”
Now we’ve got a NEW wall built on the very worst kind of mistrust based on Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s partisan political politicking.
And the next massive terrorist attack is inevitable.
And allow me to quote Obama’s “reverend” for 23 years who said “God DAMN America!”