Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has touted her “experience” on the campaign trail, but as Donald Trump aptly noted she has “bad experience.” Yet another tidbit about that experience has been released thanks to a Freedom of Information request: Clinton’s crack team left behind classified information on a 2010 trip to China.
This seems to be a trend with the Clinton camp — top aide Huma Abedin left sensitive documents in a car on a trip to India during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
In addition, this latest security lapse comes amid the FBI’s reopened investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server to send and receive classified documents — apparently thanks again to Abedin (indirectly) via her husband Anthony Weiner.
A senior aide — who remains unnamed — was allegedly responsible for leaving the classified information unsecured and unattended in a hotel room on a trip to China in 2010.
State Department spokesman John Kirby, several weeks after the FOIA request, gave a statement to Fox News about the security failure:
In May 2010, Secretary Clinton was on official travel in Beijing, China, accompanied by senior staff. Upon Secretary Clinton’s departure, a routine security sweep by Diplomatic Security agents identified classified documents in a staff member’s suite.
Fox News reported:
Diplomatic Security, which protects the Secretary of State in the U.S. and abroad, as well as high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, wrote up the incident on a Form 117, while the Marine Security Guards filed a separate formal report, the source said.
The information came to light when the FBI was investigating whether Clinton or her staff violated the US Espionage Act by mishandling classified and top secret information.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., citing a whistleblower who separately came to him with an allegation it was Clinton who left the material out, wrote to the FBI director on Monday asking for more information.
Nunes wrote to FBI Director James Comey: “I …understand that former Secretary Clinton left classified documents in her hotel room in China and that U.S. Marine Corps security officials filed a report related to the possible compromise of the documents.”
Kirby said in the statement:
To be clear – this was not Secretary Clinton’s hotel room and no citation whatsoever was given to Secretary Clinton, nor were any reports written about Secretary Clinton’s conduct.
Ultimately, Diplomatic Security concluded that classified information had been improperly secured, but that the evidence did not support assigning culpability to any individual. Furthermore, the Diplomatic Security investigation concluded that due to the fact that the documents were found within a Diplomatic Security controlled area, the likelihood that the information was compromised was remote.
This is pathetically typical behavior for the left, and particularly for anyone anywhere near the Clintons — pass the buck when the heat is on. In contrast, Jessica Vaughan, director of policy research at the Center for Immigration Studies, had a much different take on the seriousness of the situation as well as the personal responsibility expected of anyone not named Clinton.
“Diplomatic Security and the Marine Security Guard takes exposure of classified information very seriously,” Vaughan said. “You can lose your security clearance if you’re caught more than once, and that means you might lose your job. It’s a big deal.”
H/T Mad World News