Accuracy in Media

While many of his colleagues at The Washington Post rally around Hillary Clinton in light of the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, Colbert I. King says that her actions are “deplorable” and set a “dreadful example” for the national security community that she hopes to lead.

King, who was a State Department special agent in 1968 when Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. was the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany, recalled how Lodge and Clinton are very much alike when it comes to protecting classified information:

“By using her own, unclassified email servers to communicate and store highly sensitive government information — as the FBI established — Clinton, as with Lodge before her, placed personal interests above the obligation to properly protect classified information.

The difference is that, unlike in Lodge’s case, no one tried to save Clinton — and by extension, national security — from herself.

To the contrary, Clinton had enablers.

A May State Department inspector general’s report on email records management and cybersecurity during Clinton’s tenure said: ‘Two staff in [Clinton’s executive secretariat] reported .?.?. that, in late 2010, they each discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account in separate meetings with the [director of the executive secretariat].’

‘According to [one] staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further,’ the report said.

The Office of the Inspector General, it said, ‘found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system.’

The OIG also reported that the other staff member who raised concerns said the director stated that the executive secretariat’s ‘mission .?.?. is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.’

What’s more, unlike with Lodge, classified information in Clinton’s custody could have been compromised.

The FBI found that ‘hostile actors‘ (read: foreign sources) gained access to private email accounts of people with whom Clinton was in regular contact through her personal account, and that she used her personal email overseas in ‘the territory of sophisticated adversaries’ (read: Russia and China). It’s not far-fetched to think that her system may have been compromised.

Robert M. Gates, former defense secretary and CIA director, said as much. Noting that the Pentagon has acknowledged getting hacked ‘about 100,000 times a day,’ Gates assessed the odds as ‘pretty high‘ that the Russians, Chinese and Iranians had compromised Clinton’s server.

I’m in no position to second-guess the FBI’s recommendation that, based upon the evidence, no criminal charges should be brought regarding Clinton’s handling of classified information.

But as FBI Director James B. Comey stated at his news briefing, people who have engaged in similar activities have been subject to security and administrative sanctions.

I know of such cases.

A Foreign Service officer sat in my office in Bonn with tears in his eyes because he feared that discovery of the latest in his string of security violations, albeit none willful, might result in the loss of his top-secret clearance and continued diplomatic service. He feared correctly.

Clinton and her colleagues, Comey said, were ‘extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.’ Now that the Justice Department has decided to turn the page on Clinton, the State Department said it will reopen an internal review of the handling of classified information and her email use.

Spoiler alert: Some career employees will be reprimanded.”

King goes on to say that Donald Trump is an unthinkable alternative, calling the presumptive GOP nominee “a dishonest, egotistical, vulgar, mean-spirited bully who resorts to foul religious and racial scapegoating and insults to cover his own insecurities.”

That leaves King stuck with Hillary, and he isn’t exactly giving her a ringing endorsement:

“But that doesn’t mean Clinton’s disregard for proper security isn’t deplorable. She set a dreadful example for the national security community she seeks to lead.

Can she learn from this?

We live in hope.

What else have we got?”

While Trump is far from the perfect candidate, he isn’t the scandal-ridden liar that Clinton is, and won’t be turning the country further to the left as she most certainly would do.

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  • lauren

    she is going to win by default because trump doesnt know how to deal with people in a diplomatic way. the old democrats (the real dems, not the new dems that are really fascists) will vote hillary because of trumps ‘misstatements’ that worry them. they believe the mainstream media slant as fact. but they dont really like hil-liar either, but she is more the status quo (safer) & then she has the lesbians (just because she is a woman, yes, i kid you not, thats what they say..just because they want a woman), the people that like the convenience of abortions & its all paid for too! (cant beat it), & the social services freebie mob too, (mo’ money!) which is growing to monumental proportions that the working class cant keep affording to pay for…yes, hillary will be in…remember this & start prepping for more disasters.

  • Mark in St. Louis, MO

    Though Trump isn’t the candidate of my choice, hands down Hillary is TOTALLY not an option because she has demonstrated that she is unfit to serve; not only by the antics as Secretary of State but for the last 25 – 30 years.

    Trump is a smart guy and can be brought up to speed on issues and well informed and well studied. The strategy MIGHT be that he is sandbagging everyone with his demeanor and is waiting to deliver a “political sucker punch” in the debates. Hillary just might be preparing for the wrong Dinald Trump to show up. She may not want to debate after the first one. She cannot think on her feet WITHOUT lying when it is not even necessary. Trump WILL NOT allow a debate “moderator” help her.

    And a well informed, more measured, and prepared Trump will shock her, the Democrats, and the RINOs!! The election could be over after the first debate. I hope and pray because the alternative of Hillary winning Anerica’s days are truly numbered. Trump looks like our best hope to regroup, rebuild, and get this country back on the right track.

  • hap46

    Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Congressional Hearing on Hillary’s emails:
    “And my real fear is this, what the chairman touched upon, this double track justice system that is rightly or wrongly perceived in this country. That if you are a private in the Army and email yourself classified information you will be kicked out. But if you are Hillary Clinton, and you seek a promotion to Commander in Chief, you will not be. So what I hope you can do today is help the average person, the reasonable person you made reference to, the reasonable person understand why she appears to be treated differently than the rest of us would be. With that I would yield back.”
    Conclusion: The Clinton Duo is above the law (my opinion). Now we wait for federal investigations regarding other Clintons’ bad decisions, ie– Uranium Fiasco, The Clinton Foundation lies and mishandling and disappearance of contributions.

  • Steven Coy

    Trump is arrogant and was not my choice I wanted Ted Cruz he is far more talented and smarter than Trump and he would have gotten a far better Health Care system than what Trump is going to give us,Canadian Death Care and run by the Government, isn’t that what we have now being told by the Government who what when where and how Medical rationing!!! But I will back Trump, he is far better than the two Treasonous Marxist Whores who have and will continue to destroy our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Besides Trump hasn’t murdered any Ambassadors, Navy Seals or Agents of the Ambassador and he hasn’t sent and received tens of thousands of emails of classified and Top Secret government documents over an ILLEGAL OPEN UNSECURED SERVER IN HER HOME AND ELSEWHERE THAT WAS HACKED GIVING ACCESS TO TERRORIST COUNTRIES AND RUSSIA AND CHINA AND POSSIBLY NORTH KOREA. ALSO HE HAS NOT STOLEN FURNITURE OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND HAS NOT TRASHED THE WHITE HOUSE. HE ALSO HASN’T BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI FOR ESPIONAGE WHICH HILLARY DID DO AND THE FBI GAVE THE INFORMATION FOR A TRIAL BUT STILL RECOMMENDED NOT TOO, THAT WAS THE DAY AMERICA DIED!!!! VIETNAM VET

  • Mike O’Mara

    If Hillary Rotten Clinton wins we are dead just as Obama intended all along. Our only hope is that there are enough American Citizens left to eliminate all our politicians and court personal because between them we have been completely betrayed and are slighty over the edge of our destruction. That is why the Obama traitor is trying to disarm us immediately.There is a single party made up of socialist democrats and socialist rinos doing everything they can to finish off this country. They are so close everyone who bothers to look can’t miss it. Make no mistake, what these traitors are doing to us is intentional and designed to end America and as many American Citizens as they can.

  • lauren

    i agree with you totally. its very apparent to anyone with a working brain that obama hates america, whites, christian & jews essentially & would love to see, as he proclaimed in the beginning, to change the face of america. only many people didnt understand HOW he meant to change it by destroying the constitution, borders, & patriotism. i pray trump wins, but i think its a very long shot. the enemy is already in the fort & in control of the weapons.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    13 July 2016 – A State Department official deleted emails that included information about a secret campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the country’s last election, according to a Senate investigatory committee that determined the Obama administration transferred tax funds to anti-Netanyahu groups.
    Direct transfers of funds from the U.S. government to a partisan group engaged in political activities on foreign soil is illegal on both ends. And the deletion of the emails – key evidence in uncovering the conspiracy – is proving to be a roadblock to getting at the whole truth:

    Read more:
    { The Obama administration gave $270,000 in taxpayer funds to the terrorist-linked U.K.-based
    Islamic Relief Worldwide for its health-related efforts in Kenya. The grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designated for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s program advancing what the CDC calls “global health
    security as an international priority.” Israel and the United Arab Emirates banned IRW “alleging that the group supports and funds Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s military arm in Palestine,”
    the Daily Caller reports.}

  • Does anybody, who thinks about it, really want this lying, incompetent “extremely careless” termagant with her finger on our nuclear launch codes?