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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Worm Is Slowly Turning

For John, BLUFShe was SecState and never dealt with Classified Information?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Writing for The Washington Post, where he is a regular columnist, Mr Colbert I King gives us "Clinton email scandal:  Why it might be time for Democrats to draft Joe Biden".

As we consider what Mr King says we should keep in mind that he was a US Army Officer and then with the Department of State for 16 years.  And ten years with Riggs Bank, running their Middle East and African division.  So, I am guessing, he knows from information security.

Here is the lede plus three:

The Hillary Clinton email issue is developing into a real whodunit, complete with Clintonesque legal semantics.  “I never sent or received any material marked classified,” she said with respect to the discovery of classified information on her private, unclassified email server.  That surface denial nearly rivals Bill Clinton’s classic: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

But this is no laughing matter.

There is nothing trivial about a secretary of state having top-secret information on an unsecured computer in her home.  That appears to have been the case, based on the State Department’s announcement last week that 22 emails, across seven email chains, containing top-secret information were on Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

At issue is whether the information in the emails was classified when it was sent to her unsecured server.  It was, after all, the State Department, upon review of the content by intelligence agencies, that upgraded the emails to top-secret and ordered them withheld from the public.

This is not a good sign for Ms Clinton and her run for the nomination.  Mr King is not just some whipper-snapper.  He has been around Washington a long time, including as a Congressionally confirmed Deputy Assistant Secretary at Treasury.

And now folks are again talking up Vice President Joe Biden.  If you are talking up Mr Biden you are seriously unhappy with the current candidates.

Here is Mr Ed Morrissey, over at Hot Air, "Time to panic: “Draft Biden” drumbeats getting louder".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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