Even the most basic trainee in the military is taught that compromising classified information can cause significant, serious or grave (Top Secret classification) damage to United States national security. The so-called “smartest woman in the world” chose to receive at a minimum sensitive unclassified information on her personal computer server with no security measures at all in her personal residence.
Each day we learn that it’s highly likely that Top Secret and even Special Access Program information was sent and received allowing even a neighborhood hacker to access her data. Her excuse that they were not marked classified cannot be accepted as everyone is taught that “sources and methods” cannot be transmitted in an unclassified system. Everyone is obligated to immediately report a compromise so it can be investigated.
I led a 25 person communications security team in the late 1980s as a major in the Pentagon and we were responsible for providing encryption systems for both secure voice and communications systems for the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as a large headquarters staff in the building up to the sensitive compartmental level. While technology has come a long way since then, the basic security measures remain in place. Secretary Clinton violated our principles and laws on safeguarding classified information. She is not fit to be president and should be indicted.
Phil Henning, Smithton