Exclusive: Former Obama Defense Intel Chief Says Hillary Should ‘Step Down’Hillary doubles down on the Right Wing Conspiracy Theory.
Flynn and other high-ranking former intelligence officials told TheDCNF they are alarmed that some of the nation’s most highly classified documents contained in a secretive program called the Special Access Program (SAP) were transferred to Clinton’s unclassified home server.
The documents “had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,” Flynn said. “Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.”
Placement of SAP-classified information on a non-secure server was the “single, most dangerous security violation that can ever happen to the United States,” said Col. James Waurishuk, former deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command.
SAP material was “the most stringently compartmented and protected information in the entire U.S. government,” said Waurishuk, who worked on the White House National Security Council during former President George H.W. Bush’s tenure.
Special Forces Col. James Williamson (Ret.) told TheDCNF that SAP classified documents are “the most sensitive of sensitive information” and that normal classified storage facilities, called Special Compartmentalized Information Facilities (SCIF), cannot provide adequate protection for SAP information.
“Within a SCIF, you have an additional SCIF, which is even further compartmentalized for SAP’s, giving them an additional layer of security,” Williamson said.
The SAP system is so restricted that one SAP clearance does not entitle a government official to access another SAP program. In addition, “Top Secret” clearances do not automatically permit a government official to view a SAP document. Government officials can only have access on a need-to-know basis.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a February 2013 guidance document, “SAPs must be established and maintained only when absolutely necessary to protect the nation’s most sensitive capabilities.”
Carter also warned that “access to a SAP will be strictly limited to the minimum number of personnel necessary for execution of the program.”
Meanwhile Carl Bernstein weighs in:
“The vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t put the server in her damn closet. She’s going to have to get by this thing, and she’s going to have to acknowledge a terrible misjudgment it seems to be here.”