The intelligence community wants Hillary Clinton’s security clearance suspended immediately.
“Standard procedure is that when there is evidence of a security breach, the clearance of the individual is suspended in many, but not all, cases,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration. “This rises to the level of requiring a suspension.”
“SI information is not just top secret,” said the former intelligence official, “it’s compartmented. It’s the highest level of classification you can get. It’s code word. It’s extremely sensitive.”
“You have a massive spill, a massive leak of classified information,” the former official said. “The responsibility for that server is on Hillary Clinton directly.”
Mrs. Clinton, and presumably some aides, personally decided which of her emails she would turn over to State in December. The remainder, she has said, were wiped clean from her server.
State is releasing them in batches, once cleansed of classified information, in response to Freedom of Information lawsuits and a judge’s order.
“A reluctance to cooperate with getting to the bottom of it and clearing it up immediately, that is the reason her security clearance should be suspended immediately,” the former intelligence official said. “Anybody in her position who was resistant to cooperate to get it cleared up would have their clearance suspended.”
Earlier this week a former chairman of the House intelligence committee, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, charged that Mrs. Clinton had to have known that the information she was emailing was classified, even if it wasn’t so marked at the time.
Bart Bechtel, a former CIA clandestine service officer, said he considers Mrs. Clinton’s security breach greater than that of retired Gen. David Petraeus. The former CIA director pled guilty to mishandling classified material.
“In my opinion, not only should she have any clearances rescinded, she should be prosecuted to a greater extent than Petraeus,” Mr. Bechtel said. “This blatant disregard for regulations and security is egregious. If she does not suffer severe consequences, it will demonstrate how corrupt the entire Obama administration is.”
A self-styled grass-roots group, Special Operations OPSEC, has written to Secretary of State John F. Kerry demanding he suspend any clearances for Mrs. Clinton and three former aides: Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.
“We at OPSEC strongly believe that every email passing through the [email protected] server has been compromised and is now available in the raw intelligence data files of a number of hostile security services around the world,” said the letter, signed by Scott Taylor, the group’s president. “This is a serious breach of our nation’s diplomatic, operational and strategic security.”
Mr. Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
OPSEC says its mission is “focused on protecting U.S. Special Operations Forces and national intelligence assets and operatives from political exploitation and policies, and the misuse of classified information, that unnecessarily exposes them and their families to greater risk and reduces their effectiveness in keeping Americans safe.”
The group was highly critical of President Obama using the killing of Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team 6 as a re-election campaign theme.