Report: Clinton Emails Contained Human Intelligence Classified At Highest Levels

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziThere is another surprising report out today on the Clinton email scandal. Fox News Reporter Catherine Herridge is reporting that at least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified as “HCS-O,” the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations. We previously discussed the disclosure that emails had been identified with Special Access Program information that even the Inspector General could not review without added clearances. In the meantime, some in the Clinton camp may be singing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” The State Department is citing the winter storm for yet another delay in releasing the remaining emails — possibly pushing their release past the first primary contests. Any break would likely be welcomed, particularly after a growing number of people including Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have said that Clinton’s decision to use an unsecure private email system probably resulted in the emails being hacked by various hostile powers.

According to a December 2013 policy document released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: This designation “is used to protect exceptionally fragile and unique IC (intelligence community) clandestine HUMINT operations and methods that are not intended for dissemination outside of the originating agency.” That is the type of information that is most shielded from interception due to the risk to human lives. Since Clinton was one of the top targets for intelligence services, the transmittal of such information over an insecure line would be grossly negligent and potentially criminal.

Fox is also reporting that the “spillage” of classified information is greater than the “several dozen” emails identified in the January 14 letter to Congress, which also acknowledged for the first time, that the Clinton emails contained intelligence beyond Top Secret, also known as Special Access Programs (SAPs).

Notably, even members of Congress on these committees have been told that they require additional clearances to review the emails in question.

For all of these reasons, one can certainly appreciate if the campaign this month changes its theme song:

63 thoughts on “Report: Clinton Emails Contained Human Intelligence Classified At Highest Levels

  1. Spooky Sht, this email nonesense is.
    The hits keep coming, and each one knocks down Hilary a few notches.
    They say she is the coronated one, but that will only hold to a point, if her past indiscretions add up enough and come to haunt her, I don’t see how she can get the nomination.
    Now the emails sharing she has done, very likely may have killed someone in a HUMINT compromise.
    Double agents are not suffered nicely.

  2. Hugh Beaumont

    “Pure misogyny.”

    With a little “vast right-wing conspiracy” thrown in for good measure.

    LOL.

    HG, gets the game ball. Say no more.

  3. There is at least several degrees of felonies here. Makes me wonder if Seal Team 6 deaths were a result of her emails.

  4. Someone should ask her how they went from broke after leaving the White House to being $58 million in the black today

  5. Let the negotiations begin. What do Hillary, Bill and the Arkansas mafia have on Comey, Lynch and Obama?

    How’d you like to see the look on the faces of James Carville, Paul Begala, Terry McAuliffe, Dee Dee Meyers, Vince Foster (no, scratch Foster) et al.?

    It’s the Cosby/Clinton story: Good man/woman goes bad.

    This cycling Karma stuff is weird. Is that a smile on Nixon’s face?

  6. Robert Gates should know better than to speculate about emails being “hacked by various hostile powers.” That’s utter BS and a reckless comment from a political chameleon of the highest order!

    If all of this stuff was so critical and sensitive from a classification standpoint, why hasn’t the security team or “intelligence community” up and down the chain at State, DoD, NSA, CIA and other agencies said something before now or at the time of transmittal? Was the Director of National Intelligence asleep at the wheel?

    Why didn’t someone speak up and “just say no, the transmission of this information is prohibited over unsecure lines” and then create the correct and secure mode of transmission? Why did those alleged breaches occur and what process or protocol was in place to prevent unauthorized disclosure or to ensure encryption of classified data?

    Was there any actual harm? Let’s hope not. Has publicity about this controversy compromised America’s security with “hostile powers?” Has any counterintelligence been initiated if that was the case?

    If there is to be an investigation, then there should be an investigation that is broader than one agency head, i.e., the former Secretary of State. It will provide employment for lots of people and keep everyone scared. Another (perhaps cheaper) approach is to tighten up the protocol going forward, train personnel and monitor compliance.

    By the way, who is leaking all this stuff to Fox? Loose lips sink ships. Investigate!

  7. Why is Hillary not indicted and convicted? I worked in DOD for a couple decades and had I done 1/10th of what she has done this post would be from Fort Leavenworth. She has NO excuse, as I’ve repeated multiple times before…all senior (and I was only a senior Civil Servant) government employees who have need for confidential or higher information are provided the means to segregate it, usually by a second government computer or at a minimum a secure & encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network). I had both the entire time I worked in DoD and would have been arrested if I’d mixed classified with personal information, even if a low level “confidential” let alone “Secret” or “Top Secret” with various need to know suffixes. You even had to be very careful with FOUO designations…e.g., not for dissemination, period. I presume none of this is taken seriously anymore. Doing covert work now is more dangerous from your own side than the enemy it seems.

  8. FogdogSF – stuff is being reported in press releases on a regular basis. I don’t think anyone needs to leak at this point.

  9. Aridog, Good to see you. The comment just before yours is indicative of the Clintonista mindset. The Clinton trolls are pernicious and mendacious, just like their leader. This scandal needs a good phrase. How about using one from the recent past. “Hillary lied and people died.”

  10. Bruce, They got rich the Clinton way. Selling out the Secretary of State Office to the people who paid the Clinton Foundation. Simple!

  11. John asks an interesting question about who has what on whom. (You could almost get nostalgic over all the shenanigans of the Clintons’ Arkansas and White House years…) If Hillary and her supporters can prevent a criminal indictment, Debbie W-S, Reid, Pelosi, etc., may just push through to the election if they can get past the popularity of Bernie Sanders.

    If Hillary becomes president, the American experiment in democratic republic will complete its ‘fundamental transformation’ to a post-constitutional, strong-arm oligarchy masquerading as benevolent socialism. It may make Obama the most successful president in history if you judge a president’s desires by outcome.

    Many citizens would be intensely angry about it, but the vast majority have too much going on in their lives to notice. I base the accusation of strong-arm oligarchy largely on the behavior of the IRS to TEA orgs and the EPA’s expansion of powers, with a dash of the weird new federal program(s) of designating distant towns to be part of cities in order to take away funding and relocate people based on race, and never forget the always lovable abuse of RICO law. And there’s much, much more!! I’m sure I have forgotten quite a few more important items.

    Interesting times we live in.

  12. The Jay/Washington letter of July 25, 1787 raised the presidential requirement from “citizen” to “natural born citizen” to place a “strong check” against foreign allegiances by the commander-in-chief.

    _____

    Dear Sir

    I was this morning honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 22d Inst: & immediately delivered the Letter it enclosed to Commodore Jones, who being detained by Business, did not go in the french Packet, which sailed Yesterday.

    Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen.

    Mrs Jay is obliged by your attention, and assures You of her perfect Esteem & Regard—with similar Sentiments the most cordial and sincere I remain Dear Sir Your faithful Friend & Servt

    John Jay

    _____

    The ineligible Obama administration will go down in history…

  13. Ahem. Fox News is reporting? I think I’ll wait for a reliable news source, thank you very much. Remember when SCOTUS said that FOX was not bound to tell the truth? They really took it to heart.

    So wonder on. Did she actually kill people with her carelessness? I wonder if Seal Team 6 deaths can be blamed on her. What about Benghazi, do we finally have something substantial there? I heard maybe her carelessness caused David Bowie’s cancer. And Glen Frey, didn’t he used to be with the Eagles? And isn’t the Eagle a symbol of America? Hillary also worked for America. You see the obvious link, right?

    We know she has murdered at least a billion people, like personally with her own hands. Some by strangling them with her pantsuits. So the only obvious explanation here must be that everyone is terrified that she will kill them, not that rational people are waiting for an investigation to be completed. That would be ridiculous.

  14. When humans leak they should put the toilet seat up if they are a male, down if they are females leaking while seated. The seat should be up when done so that the next male leaker does not miss. Mr. Putin will take aim and fire his leak soon. Flush twice when flying over a pirate territory. Much ado about nothing unless you sit on a wet seat. Diplomats have diplomatic pouches. They should use them. No more emails. A little time will tell. No pun intended. Planes are headed for Pearl Harbor. The details are in the pouch. A stitch in time will get FDR nine. Well he got another four but he croaked. Truman was better. But he has no huge foundation and is just known as the failed haberdasher while FDR is the great one. Email, snail mail, pee male, pee female. All the same.

  15. “This cycling Karma stuff is weird. Is that a smile on Nixon’s face?”

    John -> My mother was Spiro Agnew’s secretary as governor of Maryland and Vice President. We lived there in Baltimore until Nixon was impeached. It was a terrible time for all of us. I was just a little girl at the time but remember all the drama.

    My mother was a liberal at the time but her typing skills were unsurpassed and why she was in demand on the Hill back then.

    This is partly why I’m angry at the Justice Departments lack of action. My moms boss was put through hell and the democrats targeted him through the IRS. It changed our lives to the point of leaving the eastern seaboard and returning to the Midwest.

    It’s such hypocrisy and I wonder what Nixon’s family thinks about it all now.

  16. Phillyt -> Gawd I can’t wait until she’s indicted and I’m going to come back on here and throw all your silly in denial words in your face.

    Trust me, it’s going to happen. She will end her presidential bid before it happens. Take your rose colored glasses off for once in your liberal existence and see her for what she is. . . . an elitist white collar criminal. In case you don’t trust me, time will tell. Tic tic tic

  17. I just want the law to apply equally to politicians, government employees, and the rest of us. This isn’t about politics. I’m so sick and tired of politicians lying and above the law. That’s how we got an inexperienced Senator in the WH on the Hope and Change ticket. That’s why we have a Socialist and a Megalomaniac doing so well in the Duopoly polls. We’re all just sick of business as usual. (Can we please have some better options, though?)

    I don’t want a King or a Queen answerable to none.

    We prosecuted a hero Marine who used his private Gmail account to warn of a terrorist. His efforts were to save lives. Hillary just wanted control on what communications she would have to turn over. CYOA.

    Let’s see if her Teflon coating has begun to flake off, or if it’s just as toxic under high heat.

  18. If we remember how the broken Nazi and Japanese codes were carefully used (nurtured) so that neither enemy knew, it would tell us why we haven’t seen the results of any compromise of our data by either or both of Russian and Chinese agencies. Move to isolate then, later, kill or dispose of the spies. Endeavor to cover operations with a false story or circumstance.

    We didn’t know about Walker or Ames until well after they started their treasonous endeavors.

    Given enough time there isn’t any message that can’t be cracked. We just hope that the decryption is achieved well after any possible costly consequence. Human, operational, communication interrelations will lead to translation.

  19. Are there any facts that are not in dispute which violated existing laws?
    Was a private email account used for State Department business? Yes
    Was a private server used for State Department business? Yes
    Was classified information sent through this private email account and stored on the private server? Yes
    Was State Department personnel instructed to remove classification markings prior to sending information to the private email account? Yes
    Is information “classified” because of its markings? No, it is classified due to the content.
    Was the highest level of classified information found to be stored in the private server? Yes
    Does the use of a private server expose our most vital secrets to being hacked more than if it were secured in the State Department system? Irrelevant
    Do we need to prove classified information was actually hacked before people should be indicted? No
    How many accounts have received these unmarked classified documents? How many times has this information been shared?

    In what sick and twisted mind are the answers to these questions only significant depending on the individual(s) involved? In other words, how willfully ignorant does one need to be to dismiss this on partisan grounds?

  20. Lisa,
    If you ever bothered to actually read my posts instead of clutching your pearls and fainting, you would see and know that I am no fan of Hillary Clinton. I think she sold out to the banks and corporations a long time ago.

    I see a lot of accusations, innuendo, speculation, and pathological paranoia here. I’m just waiting for the actual facts to come out. Will I be surprised if she gets indicted? Not really. Will I be surprised if it turns out there is no “there” there? Not at all.

    What I’m wondering is, if it turns out that this is another flight of fancy on the part of Ruprecht Morduck and his ilk, will the right wing nutjobs on this board ever ever let it go? I think we all know the answer to that.

    You’re gonna owe me a pizza.

  21. You learn the most amazing things here.

    Who would ever guess that Lovely Lisa’s mom worked for Agnew, and that Lisa follows the Palin School of Blaming Democrats for Personal Failure and Law Breaking.

    And we welcome our newest commenter, Alicia M, who thoughtfully informs us of many things, including the elimination of some sort of funding in order to relocate citizens and segregate them in cities by race. She and Hilde will, no doubt, have much to discuss.

    All that, and unbiased reporting from Fox! And the words ‘probably’ and ‘there are reports’ and “I suspect”, and ‘there are secrets that are so secret that I have no idea of what they reveal but it must be pretty bad’ and a ‘Republican congressman tells me’ are all that are necessary to get a law professor employed by the Republican House of Representatives to wage his battle against lawless corruption in government and the Reckless use of Clinton Servers. All these super, super secret, that no one can possibly read, emails that are somehow leaked to the Pulitzer winning Fair and Balanced Fox News during a general election year.

    We anxiously await the (second)Turley/Spinelli announcement of the Clinton Indictment. (Their first announcement of an indictment was several months ago. Stay alert, folks! Any moment now…) In the meantime, we are entertained by the 5000 House Investigations that are proceeding apace.

    It’s a good day here on the Turley Blog.

  22. L’Observer,
    Your sarcasm is quite understandable. Without any rational explanation for Clinton’s deplorable lack of judgment and chronic inability to accept responsibility as a result of that judgment, defenders are left with little else than sarcasm.

    Perhaps a discussion on the life expectancy of this republic’s rule of law should be encouraged given the possibility Clinton could escape justice and actually become the next President. If she walks, why would any government agent be concerned with prosecution for espionage if all they needed to do was remove classifications and put this information on their personal computer at home? If she walks, then the precedent will have been established.

  23. Lisa N,

    Richard Nixon was a great American.

    Richard Nixon was a loyal patriot who convicted the communist spy, Alger Hiss. He served as Dwight Eisenhower’s Vice President for eight years. After Eisenhower’s term the families socialized. Nixon’s charming daughter married Eisenhower’s grandson and they became one family.

    Ironically, Nixon paid the political price for the Kennedy-Johnson Viet Nam War. In the Watergate affair, his staff jimmied an office door lock and purloined a file from a cabinet. A Machiavellian Hoover-era FBI official, a convicted felon consumed with self-loathing and hiding in the shadows, exposed information on usual and customary political protocols and kept his secret as a coward until he faded into dementia and death.

    .

  24. Word is the pizza obsessed Hillary is compulsively chowing down chain and frozen pizza in Iowa and New Hampshire, 2 of the worse states for “Eyetalian” food. She compulsively eats here anxiety. Bill screws his. Those house detention canklets are going to need to be XXXX size.

  25. @Lisa N
    1, January 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    “John -> My mother was Spiro Agnew’s secretary as governor of Maryland and Vice President. We lived there in Baltimore until Nixon was impeached. It was a terrible time for all of us. I was just a little girl at the time but remember all the drama.”

    “This is partly why I’m angry at the Justice Departments (sic) lack of action. My moms (sic) boss was put through hell and the democrats targeted him through the IRS. It changed our lives to the point of leaving the eastern seaboard and returning to the Midwest.”

    Is there some part of the following record that you’d like to correct, Lisa?

    “In 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. He was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office as Baltimore County Executive, Governor of Maryland, and Vice President.

    “On October 10 that same year, Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to a single charge that he had failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967, with the condition that he resign the office of Vice President. Nixon later replaced Agnew by appointing House Minority Leader Gerald Ford as Vice President. The following year, when Nixon was forced to resign from the White House due to the Watergate scandal, Ford [became president].

    “Agnew was the second Vice President in United States history to resign, the other being John C. Calhoun, and the only one to do so because of criminal charges. Nearly ten years after leaving office, Agnew paid the state of Maryland nearly $270,000 as a result of a civil suit that stemmed from the bribery allegations.

    “In describing Agnew, Garry Wills borrows the backhanded compliment once paid Coolidge by H.L. Mencken: ‘No man ever came to market with less seductive goods, and no man ever got a better price for what he had to offer.’

    “Agnew is widely considered by historians to be among the worst Vice Presidents in the history of the United States.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiro_Agnew

  26. @Lisa N
    1, January 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    “John -> I don’t recall who deep throat was but I bet he’s related to Hillary. lol”

    “Breaking a silence of 30 years, former FBI deputy director W. Mark Felt stepped forward Tuesday as Deep Throat, the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down President Nixon during the Watergate scandal. Within hours, the paper confirmed his claim.

    “ ‘It’s the last secret’ of the story, said Ben Bradlee, the paper’s top editor at the time the riveting political drama played out three decades ago. It tumbled out in stages during the day — first when a lawyer quoted Felt in a magazine article as having said he was the source; then when the former FBI man’s family issued a statement hailing him as a ‘great American hero.’ Within hours, the newspaper confirmed Felt’s claim, ending one of the most enduring mysteries in American politics and journalism.

    “The scandal that brought Nixon’s resignation began with a burglary and attempted tapping of phones in Democratic offices at the Watergate office building during his 1972 re-election campaign. It went on to include disclosures of covert Nixon administration spying on and retaliating against a host of perceived enemies.

    “But the most devastating disclosure was Nixon’s own role in trying to cover up his administration’s involvement.”
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8047258/ns/us_news/t/ex-fbi-official-im-deep-throat/#.VqQ2UFlKnng

  27. Olly

    You object to sarcasm? Are you saying you think we should take Hilde and the newest crazy one SERIOUSLY?

    Have you ever taken the time to count all the crazies here? More than enough to fill up an entire mental ward and they’re ALL YOURS, baby. See if you can engage that team in some serious discussions and then you can start complaining to me about my sarcasm.

    Jade Helm in 2016!

  28. Olly:

    Everything you said at 5:38 is true. Anyone with the slightest understanding of classified information understands this.

    And yet, I am so jaded I believe she is going to get away with this. She is above the law. And her success in evading the law will be used as proof by her supporters that she did nothing wrong.

    We claim we want accountability in Washington, but too many judge through political glasses. For some reason politics is relevant to guilt.

    We’re like the parent of juvenile delinquents, complaining about the behavior we enable and excuse.

  29. Fogdog…..you ask basically where was everyone else to raise a flag? We got a couple options….we’ve been fully infiltrated by ppl who have their own agenda and dont care about litteral cannon fodder. (Dont care about the lives compromused) or we have a system that is so compartmentalized….that very few know what the left hand is doing. And if anyone questions mirrors blow smoke up their ass and they never get enough evidence to not be drummed out as a “paranoid”. We have a compartmentalization problem. And on those ground facts alone nothing will happen to hillary. She may have had shit in her control that was mkultra:) top secret…..that doesn’ t mean she had any clue. For instance what if sean penn is really on the cia payroll. Few would know. But fox news blabs about him steady. His name and where abouts vlah blah. Sure his ic might be ” thats classified”….well news to fox. Same for hillary. The proof will have to be she knew….xyz was classified but hosted it on her server anyway. We cant presume….when even the ig didnt know some squrril stuf was classified that she would. But if she did. Then proceed like she did. Of course she’s got total cover. Cuz we’ll never know what she was briefed in private. That career servant has already been promoted….punchung his next box. Go with option one.

  30. My Planet Remulak has be on duty to scan all sorts of communications and some from days of old. I can not find anything good to reveal on the Clinton emails. Who is Monica? That kept coming up.

  31. Little Larry “Are you saying you think we should take Hilde and the newest crazy one SERIOUSLY?”

    Here’s something else that you can ignore, debase, trash, ridicule, discount as bat sh*t crazy conspiracy theorist tin hat garbage…Have at it small fry. Oh and please wake up. Thank you.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hpv+vaccine+danger

    Disney Princesses Go To The Gyno And Live Happily Ever After
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/disney-princesses-hpv_us_56a11f19e4b0404eb8f091a6

  32. Lisa N,

    W. Mark Felt, “Deep Throat,” was convicted in a criminal trial of unauthorized break-ins and was said to have been peeved at Nixon for being passed over for the top FBI job – a disgruntled employee.

    Apparently, he was so ashamed and guilt ridden for having broken usual and customary political protocols, he hid in the shadows as a coward until overtaken by dementia and death.

    W. Mark Felt was an associate director, under J. Edgar Hoover and his “partner,” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he leaked the information and was said to be peeved at being passed over for the top FBI job.

    Felt organized unauthorized break-ins.

    As a consequence of these illegal break-ins, in 1980 he was convicted in a criminal trial and charged for having “conspired to violate citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.”

    Time

  33. Nick…yeah, I’m still around. Had a very bad reaction to my first Chemo go round and wound up hospitalized and not giving much of a damn about anything. That said, I repeat my caution to anyone else who might be facing Chemo treatments to demand details of all potential side effects and further demand remedial RX meds in advance so they don’t get ambushed as I did. Just finished round 2 of 6 (2 to 3 weeks apart) and so far no adverse side effects, but I am using the appropriate meds as called for.

    As for Hillary Clinton’s conduct, all I can say is she must have a trunk load of scandalous information on a lot of people to avoid indictment. It doesn’t matter how big or small a law (or laws) she broke, but it does matter that in her high position that she broke the law, intentionally. People dismiss her antics than go on to complain about the lawlessness of others….wonder how that happens? Any law that is perpetually unenforced is soon no longer a law in the actual sense of the term. Then everybody is doing it, as they say. Yet let some mid-range GS-09 Civil Servant get careless with classified documents or information and slam bang, there’s an indictment.

    Glad I’m no longer working in that morass or deceit.

  34. David B. Benson,

    Thank you for the concession of the ad hominem attack. That was brutal.

    Allow me to offer my condolences on your loss.

  35. New York Post –

    “Clinton originally denied that any of her emails contained classified information, but soon abandoned that claim. So far, 150 emails containing classified information have been identified on her server, including two that included information determined to be Top Secret.

    She then fell back on the claim that none of the emails in question was “marked classified” at the time she was dealing with them. The marking is not what makes the material classified; it’s the nature of the information itself. As secretary of state, Clinton knew this, and in fact she would have been re-briefed annually on this point as a condition of maintaining her clearance to access classified information.

    Then there’s location. Clinton knowingly set up her email system to route 100 percent of her emails to and through her unsecured server (including keeping copies stored on the server). She knowingly removed such documents and materials from authorized locations (her authorized devices and secure government networks) to an unauthorized location (her server).

    Two examples demonstrate this point.

    When Clinton would draft an email based on classified information, she was drafting that email on an authorized Blackberry, iPad or computer. But when she hit “send,” that email was knowingly routed to her unsecured server — an unauthorized location — for both storage and transfer.

    Additionally, when Clinton moved the server to Platte River Networks (a private company) in June 2013, and then again when she transferred the contents of the server to her private lawyers in 2014, the classified materials were in each instance again removed to another unsecured location.

    Next we have the lack of proper authority to move or hold classified information somewhere, i.e., the “unauthorized location.”

    While it’s possible for a private residence to be an “authorized” location, and it’s also possible for non-government servers and networks to be “authorized” to house and transfer classified materials, there are specific and stringent requirements to achieve such status. Simply being secretary of state didn’t allow Clinton to authorize herself to deviate from the requirements of retaining and transmitting classified documents, materials and information.

    There is no known evidence that her arrangement to use the private email server in her home was undertaken with proper authority.

    Finally, there’s the intent to “retain” the classified documents or materials at an unauthorized location.

    The very purpose of Clinton’s server was to intentionally retain documents and materials — all emails and attachments — on the server in her house, including classified materials.

    The intent required is only to undertake the action, i.e., to retain the classified documents and materials in the unauthorized fashion addressed in this statute. That’s it.

    It borders on inconceivable that Clinton didn’t know that the emails she received, and more obviously, the emails that she created, stored and sent with the server, would contain classified information.

    Simply put, Mrs. Clinton is already in just as bad — or worse — of a legal situation than Petraeus faced.”

  36. New York Post:

    “Clinton and her top aides had access to a Pentagon-run classified network that goes up to the Secret level, as well as a separate system used for Top Secret communications.

    The two systems — the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) — are not connected to the unclassified system, known as the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). You cannot e-mail from one system to the other, though you can use NIPRNet to send ­e-mails outside the government.

    Somehow, highly classified information from SIPRNet, as well as even the super-secure JWICS, jumped from those closed systems to the open system and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home e-mails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs, a subset of SCI.

    SAP includes “dark projects,” such as drone operations, while SCI protects intelligence sources and methods.

    Fox News reported Friday that at least one of Clinton’s e-mails included sensitive information on spies.

    “It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” said Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.”

    He says it’s clear from some of the classified e-mails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, e-mailed to her via NIPRNet.

    To work around the closed, classified systems, which are accessible only by secure desktop workstations whose hard drives must be removed and stored overnight in a safe, Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document, Fournier said. “Either way, it’s totally illegal.”

    Clinton’s defense – that she never received anything marked classified – is true if you believe that she didn’t notice that at least some of the information in the emails were top secret. How could she not have realized that this was incredibly sensitive information?

    Top Secret/SCI e-mails received by Clinton include a 2012 staff ­e-mail sent to the then-secretary containing investigative data about Benghazi terrorist suspects wanted by the FBI and sourcing a regional security officer. They also include a 2011 message from Clinton’s top aides that contains military intelligence from United States Africa Command gleaned from satellite images of troop movements in Libya, along with the travel and protection plans for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was later killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi.

    “Receiving Top Secret SAP intelligence outside secure channels is a mortal sin,” said Chris Farrell, director of investigations for Judicial Watch, the Washington-based public law firm that has successfully sued State for Clinton’s e-mails.

    “A regular government employee would be crucified, and they are, routinely,” added Farrell, who as a former Army counterintelligence agent investigated such violations.

    It would not surprise me if Hillary Clinton’s attorneys weren’t already talking to prosecutors about a plea deal. Based on what we know, it’s ridiculous for Clinton to continue to insist she’s innocent. The evidence is overwhelming, And the same goes for Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan. They’re all complicit.

    The only remaining question is whether any of them will go to jail.”

  37. “According to Catherine Herridge, the FBI has recovered the deleted emails.

    Did not know that.

    A fox news tweet from January 21. I don’t know why it didn’t make headlines.”

    – Anonymous

  38. Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal Appears Gravely Criminal
    By Andrew C. McCarthy January 25, 2016

    From the start, since we first learned about the home-brew email system then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set up for conducting her government business, I’ve argued that she very likely committed felony violations of federal law. Yet it appears I underestimated the gravity of her misconduct — ironically, by giving her the benefit of the doubt on a significant aspect of the scheme.

    When the scandal went public in March 2015, Mrs. Clinton — already the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — held a press conference to explain herself. Among other well-documented whoppers, she maintained that she had never stored classified documents on, or transmitted them via, her private server. I theorized that she was exploiting the public’s unfamiliarity with how classified information is handled in government systems:

    In the government, classified documents are maintained on separate, super-highly secured systems. … Mrs. Clinton would not have been able to access classified documents even from a “.gov” account [i.e., a non-classified State Department account], much less from her private account — she’d need to use the classified system. In fact, many government officials with security clearances read “hard copies” of classified documents in facilities designed for that purpose rather than accessing them on computers.

    [S]ince we’re dealing with Clintonian parsing here, we must consider the distinction between classified documents and classified information — the latter being what is laid out in the former. It is not enough for a government official with a top-secret clearance to refrain from storing classified documents on private e-mail; the official is also forbidden to discuss the information contained in those documents. The fact that Mrs. Clinton says she did not store classified documents on her private server, which is very likely true, does not discount the distinct possibility that she discussed classified matters in private e-mails.

    In sum, knowing how physically difficult it is to move classified documents from the secured communications systems to the non-secured ones, I figured Mrs. Clinton’s claim that she had never done that was “very likely true.” Instead, I reasoned that her main violation would be privately communicating the substance of the information contained in classified documents, not transmitting the documents themselves.

    While that would still be a felony, it was one she hoped to obscure and, if called on it, to dismiss as unintentional sloppiness by a busy government official, not willful flouting of the law.

    My bad: The Clintons have made careers of defying our assumptions about how low they can go. I should have reminded myself that anything was possible.

    Now, Paul Sperry reports that the FBI is probing indications that Mrs. Clinton did precisely what I assumed, because of the time and purposeful effort involved, she wouldn’t have done.

    In his New York Post column over the weekend, Mr. Sperry explains the difference between the government systems for classified information — SIPRNet and JWICS (i.e., “Secret Internet Protocol Router Network” and “Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System”) — and its NIPRNet system (i.e., the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network).

    As I noted in my National Review weekend column, we now know that highly classified information from the secure systems ended up on Clinton’s private, unsecured (and relatively easy to hack) system. That, however, is not the half of it. Sperry reports that the actual documents themselves appear to have ended up in Clinton’s unsecured system — but carefully shorn of their classified markings.

    Quoting a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent named Raymond Fournier, Sperry elaborates:

    [I]t’s clear from some of the classified emails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, e-mailed to her via NIPRNet.

    To work around the closed, classified systems, which are accessible only by secure desktop workstations whose hard drives must be removed and stored overnight in a safe, Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document, Fournier said. “Either way, it’s totally illegal.”

    Fornier added:

    It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account[.] … That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.

    Sperry believes the FBI is focusing on three top Clinton aides at the State Department — chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills and deputies Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan — as the potential culprits who carried out Clinton’s suspected scheme to defeat classified information protections.

  39. “If the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
    @John
    1, January 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    “Lisa N,
    “W. Mark Felt, ‘Deep Throat,’ was convicted in a criminal trial of unauthorized break-ins and was said to have been peeved at Nixon for being passed over for the top FBI job – a disgruntled employee.

    “Apparently, he was so ashamed and guilt ridden for having broken usual and customary political protocols, he hid in the shadows as a coward until overtaken by dementia and death.”

    Yes, if it hadn’t been for that cowardly rat-fink, Mark Felt, Nixon and his merry band of malefactors could have continued to patriotically serve their country, even when they had to do so by criminal means:

    “The Watergate Seven has two meanings: (1) it refers to the five men caught June 17, 1972 burglarizing the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in the Watergate Hotel and their two handlers, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy (two Nixon campaign aides), all of whom were tried before Judge John Sirica in January 1973;[1] (2) it refers to the seven advisors and aides to United States President Richard M. Nixon who were indicted by a grand jury on March 1, 1974 for their role in the Watergate scandal. The grand jury also named Nixon an unindicted conspirator. The indictments marked the first time in U.S. history that a president was so named.[2] (Emphasis added)

    “The period leading up to the trial of the first Watergate Seven began on January 8, 1973.[3] The term ‘Watergate Seven’ was coined a few months later, in April 1973, by American lawyer, politician, and political commentator Ed Koch, who, in response to U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.’s indicating that one of the men in Watergate bugging case had been ordered in the spring of 1972 to keep certain Senators and Representatives under surveillance, posted a sign on the door of his United States Congress office saying, ‘These premises were surveilled by the Watergate Seven. Watch yourself’.[4]

    “The seven advisors and aides later indicted in 1974 were:[5]
    • John N. Mitchell – former United States Attorney General and director of Nixon’s 1968 and 1972 election campaigns; faced a maximum of 30 years in prison and $42,000 in fines; on February 21, 1975, Mitchell was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison, which was later reduced to one to four years; Mitchell actually served 19 months.
    • H. R. Haldeman – White House chief of staff, considered the second most powerful man in the government during Nixon’s first term; faced a maximum of 25 years in prison and $16,000 in fines; in 1975, he was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice and received an 18-month prison sentence.
    • John Ehrlichman – former assistant to Nixon in charge of domestic affairs; faced a maximum of 25 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. Ehrlichman was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and other charges; he served 18 months in prison.
    • Charles Colson – former White House counsel specializing in political affairs; pleaded nolo contendere on June 3, 1974 to one charge of obstruction of justice, having persuaded prosecution to change the charge from one of which he believed himself innocent to another of which he believed himself guilty, in order to testify freely.;[6] he was sentenced to 1 to 3 years of prison and fined $5,000; Colson served seven months.
    • Gordon C. Strachan – White House aide to Haldeman; faced a maximum of 15 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Charges against him were dropped before trial.
    • Robert Mardian – aide to Mitchell and counsel to the Committee to Re-elect the President in 1972; faced 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. His conviction was overturned on appeal.[7]
    • Kenneth Parkinson – counsel for the Committee to Re-elect the President; faced 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. He was acquitted at trial. Although Parkinson was a lawyer, G. Gordon Liddy was in fact counsel for the Committee to Re-elect the President.

    Nixon revealed much later that he would not grant amnesty to the Watergate Seven because, if he did so, Nixon would have been pressured to provide amnesty for Vietnam draft dodgers and this would have gratified his liberal elite opponents.[8] (Emphasis added):)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_Seven

    Regrettably, Mark Felt didn’t serve a single day of his own sentence, having been pardoned by President Reagan.

  40. @John
    1, January 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm
    “Lisa N,

    “Richard Nixon was a great American.

    “Richard Nixon was a loyal patriot who convicted the communist spy, Alger Hiss. He served as Dwight Eisenhower’s Vice President for eight years. After Eisenhower’s term the families socialized. Nixon’s charming daughter married Eisenhower’s grandson and they became one family.

    “Ironically, Nixon paid the political price for the Kennedy-Johnson Viet Nam War.”
    —————————————
    “Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson’s telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. Among the revelations – he planned a dramatic entry into the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. And he caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks… but said nothing. (Emphasis added)

    “After the Watergate scandal taught Richard Nixon the consequences of recording White House conversations, none of his successors has dared to do it. But Nixon wasn’t the first. He got the idea from his predecessor Lyndon Johnson, who felt there was an obligation to allow historians to eventually eavesdrop on his presidency.

    ” ‘They will provide history with the bark off,’ Johnson told his wife, Lady Bird. The final batch of tapes released by the LBJ library covers 1968, and allows us to hear Johnson’s private conversations as his Democratic Party tore itself apart over the question of Vietnam.

    “The 1968 convention, held in Chicago, was a complete shambles. Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters clashed with Mayor Richard Daley’s police, determined to force the party to reject Johnson’s Vietnam war strategy.

    “As they taunted the police with cries of ‘The whole world is watching!’ one man in particular was watching very closely. Lyndon Baines Johnson was at his ranch in Texas, having announced five months earlier that he wouldn’t seek a second term.

    “The president was appalled at the violence and although many of his staff sided with the students, and told the president the police were responsible for ‘disgusting abuse of police power,’ Johnson picked up the phone, ordered the dictabelt machine to start recording and congratulated Mayor Daley for his handling of the protest. The president feared the convention delegates were about to reject his war policy and his chosen successor, Hubert Humphrey.

    “So he placed a series of calls to his staff at the convention to outline an astonishing plan. He planned to leave Texas and fly into Chicago. “Johnson discusses with an aide if Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley can help him make a comeback at the convention He would then enter the convention and announce he was putting his name forward as a candidate for a second term.

    “It would have transformed the 1968 election. His advisers were sworn to secrecy and even Lady Bird did not know what her husband was considering. On the White House tapes we learn that Johnson wanted to know from Daley how many delegates would support his candidacy. LBJ wanted to get back into the race only if Daley could guarantee the party would fall in line behind him.

    “They also discussed whether the president’s helicopter, Marine One, could land on top of the Hilton Hotel to avoid the anti-war protesters. Daley assured him enough delegates would support his nomination, but the plan was shelved after the Secret Service warned the president they could not guarantee his safety.

    “The idea that Johnson might have been the candidate, and not Hubert Humphrey, is just one of the many secrets contained on the White House tapes.<B

    “Lyndon B Johnson: ‘Our friend, the Republican nominee… has been playing… with our enemies and our allies’

    “They also shed light on a scandal that, if it had been known at the time, would have sunk the candidacy of Republican presidential nominee, Richard Nixon. By the time of the election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam war peace talks – or, as he put it, that Nixon was guilty of treason and had ‘blood on his hands.’

    “The BBC’s former Washington correspondent Charles Wheeler learned of this in 1994 and conducted a series of interviews with key Johnson staff, such as defence secretary Clark Clifford, and national security adviser Walt Rostow.

    “But by the time the tapes were declassified in 2008 all the main protagonists had died, including Wheeler. Now, for the first time, the whole story can be told.

    “It begins in the summer of 1968. Nixon feared a breakthrough at the Paris Peace talks designed to find a negotiated settlement to the Vietnam war, and he knew this would derail his campaign.
    He therefore set up a clandestine back-channel involving Anna Chennault, a senior campaign adviser.

    “At a July meeting in Nixon’s New York apartment, the South Vietnamese ambassador was told Chennault represented Nixon and spoke for the campaign. If any message needed to be passed to the South Vietnamese president, Nguyen Van Thieu, it would come via Chennault.

    “In late October 1968 there were major concessions from Hanoi which promised to allow meaningful talks to get underway in Paris – concessions that would justify Johnson calling for a complete bombing halt of North Vietnam. This was exactly what Nixon feared.

    The Paris peace talks may have ended years earlier, if it had not been for Nixon’s subterfuge

    “Chennault was dispatched to the South Vietnamese embassy with a clear message: the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal.

    “So on the eve of his planned announcement of a halt to the bombing, Johnson learned the South Vietnamese were pulling out. He was also told why. The FBI had bugged the ambassador’s phone, and a transcript of Anna Chennault’s calls were sent to the White House. In one conversation she tells the ambassador to ‘just hang on through the election.’ Johnson was told by Defence Secretary Clifford that the interference was illegal and threatened the chance for peace.

    “In a series of remarkable White House recordings we can hear Johnson’s reaction to the news. “In one call to Senator Richard Russell he says: ‘We have found that our friend, the Republican nominee, our California friend, has been playing on the outskirts with our enemies and our friends both, he has been doing it through rather subterranean sources. Mrs. Chennault is warning the South Vietnamese not to get pulled into this Johnson move.’

    “He orders the Nixon campaign to be placed under FBI surveillance and demands to know if Nixon is personally involved. When he became convinced it was being orchestrated by the Republican candidate, the president called Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader in the Senate to get a message to Nixon.

    “The president knew what was going on, Nixon should back off and the subterfuge amounted to treason.

    “Publicly Nixon was suggesting he had no idea why the South Vietnamese withdrew from the talks. He even offered to travel to Saigon to get them back to the negotiating table.
    “Johnson felt it was the ultimate expression of political hypocrisy, but in calls recorded with Clifford they express the fear that going public would require revealing the FBI were bugging the ambassador’s phone and the National Security Agency (NSA) was intercepting his communications with Saigon. So they decided to say nothing.

    “The president did let Humphrey know and gave him enough information to sink his opponent. But by then, a few days from the election, Humphrey had been told he had closed the gap with Nixon and would win the presidency. So Humphrey decided it would be too disruptive to the country to accuse the Republicans of treason, if the Democrats were going to win anyway.

    “Nixon ended his campaign by suggesting the administration war policy was in shambles. They couldn’t even get the South Vietnamese to the negotiating table. He won by less than 1% of the popular vote.

    ”Once in office he escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia, with the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives – quite apart from the lives of the Laotians, Cambodians, and Vietnamese caught up in the new offensives – before finally settling for a peace agreement in 1973 that was within grasp in 1968.” (Emphasis added)

    “The White House tapes, combined with Wheeler’s interviews with key White House personnel, provide an unprecedented insight into how Johnson handled a series of crises that rocked his presidency. Sadly, we will never have that sort of insight again.”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21768668

  41. Ken Rogers,

    What was Hillary’s first crime? The Tyson bribe? What was Bill’s? Monica Lewinsky or the facilitating and accepting Hillary’s Tyson bribe to the Governor’s wife, or his Oxford affair or Vince Foster?

    What was Obama’s, fraud, misrepresentation and providing false information on a job application, considering the fact that we all know he is not a constitutionally required “natural born citizen?”

    What was Roosevelt’s crime? His alliance with convicted communists and communist spies like Alger Hiss? The imposition of the principles of communism from Social Security to Medicare to 70 years of the welfare state, including a cost of $22 trillion for funding the endless “War on Poverty” which, by the way, Poverty won.

    J. Edgar Hoover and his “partner” must have been angels on the “straight and narrow” – you make no mention of this couple and their abuse of the power of government against the People, in your lecture on treasonous acts. How about honorable mention of the Dulles brothers and Carlos Marcelo, under the very eyes of Hoover and his “partner,” and their coup de etat?

    What is the liberal collectivist democrat crime of “progressively” and “fundamentally transforming” America into a communist slave state with

    Central Planning
    Control of the Means of Production
    Social Engineering
    Redistribution of Wealth

    You might want to review the American founding documents and the writings of the Founders. Not one hint of the aforementioned communism exists in those papers.

    It’s a constant battle between good and evil and Nixon was trying to defend America from communists.

    Every person in the world is an “American-In-Waiting.” Waiting to arrive and claim his “free stuff,” paid for by the “free” American taxpayer. That never came close to happening in 1789. Why?

    How about you? The official apologist for all the “anti-Americans” everywhere.

    And Nixon’s transgression was purloining a file from a cabinet?

    _____

    Lisa N,

    W. Mark Felt, “Deep Throat,” was convicted in a criminal trial of unauthorized break-ins and was said to have been peeved at Nixon for being passed over for the top FBI job – a disgruntled employee.

    Apparently, he was so ashamed and guilt ridden for having broken usual and customary political protocols, he hid in the shadows as a coward until overtaken by dementia and death.

    W. Mark Felt was an associate director, under J. Edgar Hoover and his “partner,” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he leaked the information and was said to be peeved at being passed over for the top FBI job.

    Felt organized unauthorized break-ins.

    As a consequence of these illegal break-ins, in 1980 he was convicted in a criminal trial and charged for having “conspired to violate citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.”

    Time

    _____

    Lisa N,

    Richard Nixon was a great American.

    Richard Nixon was a loyal patriot who convicted the communist spy, Alger Hiss. He served as Dwight Eisenhower’s Vice President for eight years. After Eisenhower’s term the families socialized. Nixon’s charming daughter married Eisenhower’s grandson and they became one family.

    Ironically, Nixon paid the political price for the Kennedy-Johnson Viet Nam War. In the Watergate affair, his staff jimmied an office door lock and purloined a file from a cabinet. A Machiavellian Hoover-era FBI official, a convicted felon consumed with self-loathing and hiding in the shadows, exposed information on usual and customary political protocols and kept his secret as a coward until he faded into dementia and death.

    _____

    Mr. Rogers, you should make it clear to your readers that you are directly related to Karl Marx, with all the attendant sympathies.

    Why hide it?

  42. @John
    1, January 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm
    “How about you? The official apologist for all the ‘anti-Americans’ everywhere.
    And Nixon’s transgression was purloining a file from a cabinet?”

    “Mr. Rogers, you should make it clear to your readers that you are directly related to Karl Marx, with all the attendant sympathies.
    “Why hide it?”
    ——————–
    Because I don’t share your hero worship of and excuse-making for Richard Nixon, I’m a Marxist and “the official apologist for all the ‘anti-Americans’ everywhere?”

    I’m afraid that your fervent brand of anti-communism has, to put it charitably, seriously skewed your thinking and your ability to interpret my many anti-authoritarian and anti-collectivist comments, here.

    Your blanket defense of Nixon under the rubric of his having been a staunch anti-communist is analogous to a latter-day German’s overlooking Hitler’s crimes because of his staunch anti-communism.

    Watergate was among the least of Nixon’s crimes, his sabotaging of the Paris peace talks while running for president and his subsequent behavior as president being rather more heinously criminal:

    ”Once in office he escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia, with the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives – quite apart from the lives of the Laotians, Cambodians, and Vietnamese caught up in the new offensives – before finally settling for a peace agreement in 1973 that was within grasp in 1968.”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21768668

    J. Edgar Hoover was one of the more contemptible self-promoting, authoritarian hacks ever to besmirch the American political landscape, and I say that knowing full well that he had a great deal of competition for that distinction.

    With regard to Karl Marx, my own view of dialectical materialism is fully sympathetic with that of two of his most powerful philosophical critics, Max Stirner and Rudolf Steiner, the latter having written, “Of all forms of power, what is being striven for by social democracy [Communist ideology], is the worst.”
    http://www.uncletaz.com/anthranark.html#anthranarch13

    As a freshman in college, I supported Nixon when he ran against JFK for president, because I thought he would be able to stand up to the Russians in a way that Kennedy couldn’t, but by 1965, I was publicly protesting US involvement in the Vietnamese civil war which turned it into an exponentially more horrific bloodbath.

    Nixon’s (arguably treasonous) role in the Vietnam War’s prolongation has, to put it mildly, rather seriously disabused me of any admiration I may have once had for the man, in my politically naive youth.

    I hope this clarification of my post-power-politics orientation has been helpful.

  43. Ken Rogers – I think the very definition of traitor requires you to deal with the enemy, not your allies. If I read your materials correctly, he was talking to the South Vietnamese, not the North Vietnamese. I think that is allowed.

  44. @Paul C. Schulte.
    1, January 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm
    “Ken Rogers – I think the very definition of traitor requires you to deal with the enemy, not your allies. If I read your materials correctly, he was talking to the South Vietnamese, not the North Vietnamese. I think that is allowed.”

    I said Nixon’s behavior was “arguably treasonous,” in terms of its being a violation of the Logan Act. Others have not been as circumspect as I:

    “Richard Nixon was a traitor.

    “The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a ‘conspiracy theory’ by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

    “Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

    “Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.

    “Published as the 40th Anniversary of Nixon’s resignation approaches, Will’s column confirms that Nixon feared public disclosure of his role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam peace talks.

    “Will says Nixon established a ‘plumbers unit’ to stop potential leaks of information that might damage him, including documentation [Walt Rostow’s “X-File” on Nixon’s sabotage] that he believed was held by the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank. The Plumbers’ later break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the Watergate scandal that brought Nixon down. (My emphasis)

    “Nixon’s sabotage of the Vietnam peace talks was confirmed by transcripts of FBI wiretaps. On November 2, 1968, LBJ received an FBI report saying Chernnault told the South Vietnamese ambassador that ‘she had received a message from her boss: saying the Vietnamese should “hold on, we are gonna win.’

    “As Will confirms, Vietnamese did ‘hold on,’ the war proceeded and Nixon did win, changing forever the face of American politics—with the shadow of treason permanently embedded in its DNA. The treason came in 1968 as the Vietnam War reached a critical turning point. President Lyndon Johnson was desperate for a truce between North and South Vietnam.

    “LBJ had an ulterior motive: his Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, was in a tight presidential race against Richard Nixon. With demonstrators in the streets, Humphrey desperately needed a cease-fire to get him into the White House.

    “Johnson had it all but wrapped it. With a combination of gentle and iron-fisted persuasion, he forced the leaders of South Vietnam into an all-but-final agreement with the North. A cease-fire was imminent, and Humphrey’s election seemed assured.

    “But at the last minute, the South Vietnamese pulled out. LBJ suspected Nixon had intervened to stop them from signing a peace treaty.

    “In the Price of Power (1983), Seymour Hersh revealed Henry Kissinger—then Johnson’s adviser on Vietnam peace talks—secretly alerted Nixon’s staff that a truce was imminent.

    “According to Hersh, Nixon ‘was able to get a series of messages to the Thieu government [of South Vietnam] making it clear that a Nixon presidency would have different views on peace negotiations.’
    Johnson was livid. He even called the Republican Senate Minority Leader, Everett Dirksen, to complain that ‘they oughtn’t be doing this. This is treason.’

    “ ‘I know,’ was Dirksen’s feeble reply.”

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/george-will-confirms-nixons-vietnam-treason

  45. Ken Rogers – treason still requires you to trade or deal with the enemy. Nixon may or may not have violated the Logan Act, but that does not make him a traitor.

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