Clinton email exposed intel from human spying

At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O,” which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record.

Both sources are familiar with the intelligence community inspector general’s January 14 letter to Congress, advising the Oversight committees that intelligence beyond Top Secret — known as Special Access Program (SAP) — was identified in the Clinton emails, as well the supporting documents from the affected agencies that owned the information and have final say on classification.

  • None of this stuff should be on the Internet in the first place — including on secure Government servers, which apparently have been hacked before by kids living in mom’s basement.

    If memory serves, above Top Secret, such as “Eyes Only”, used to be kept in locked steel vaults impenetrable from any sort of electronic surveillance. An armed guard opened the vault and the person with access could only “view” the file, no notes or copies whatsoever everything had to be committed to memory.

    And no, I’m not a former “spook”, was just an avid reader of John Barron’s non-fictional accounts during the Soviet era. Also knew a guy who worked as a special communications interceptor — spent the whole day locked in a vault. He had to get special clearance just to come over to dinner once with his family! Couldn’t talk about his job much but I clearly got a sense of how critical security was to the U.S. gov at the time. I don’t get that sense today.

    • I believe that practice is still in place, just not for Hillary.

      • Both Wikileaks and Snowden-leaks occurred when Hillary was at State. Biggest in U.S. history.

    • Minicapt

      There is nothing above TS; however, there is general TS and compartmented TS. The so-called Special Access Programs are the bits and pieces grouped under SCI, or Sensitive Compartmented Intelligence. Some of the compartments are defined by the source of the material, eg Signals, Imagery, or Human. More specifically, the SCI is controlled by the “need to know” principle, which also operates at the Secret level.
      In the good old days, having such a clearance precluded flying on routes which crossed forbidden territory or ended in forbidden countries.


  • Xavier

    Sometimes I think the best think that could happen would be for Iran to get nukes and put one right in the center of – wait, is Mamba awake?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Scooter Libby went to jail for this.

    • Exile1981

      Hillary won’t. If obama thinks this means a trump or cruz win he will pardon her and the media will play it up as a non issue.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Whatever the media says is not necessarily what the Republican candidate will follow, especially Trump, who knows how to game the media for publicity.