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Clinton Shared Classified Names of Intel Officials in Emails

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International union Legislative and Political Affairs conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary Clinton shared the classified names of intelligence agents and officials in emails she sent to staff — a potential violation of the Espionage Act.


Federal records reveal that Clinton swapped these highly classified names on an email account that was vulnerable to attack and was breached repeatedly by Russia-linked hacker attempts. These new revelations — reminiscent of the Valerie Plame scandal during George W. Bush’s tenure — could give FBI investigators the evidence they need to make a case that Clinton violated the Espionage Act by mishandling national defense information through “gross negligence.”

Numerous names cited in Clinton’s emails have been redacted in State Department email releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949.

The State Department produced a document to Judicial Watch in April 2014 that identifies different types of “(b)(3)” redactions, including “CIA PERS/ORG,” which it defines as information “Specifically exempted from disclosure by statute … Central Intelligence Act of 1949.”

“That’s what it suggests,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Breitbart News, referring to the indication that Clinton disclosed the names of CIA-protected intelligence sources, based on the B3 redactions.

The CIA justifies “(b)(3)” redactions with this description: “(b)(3) Applies to the Director’s statutory obligations to protect from disclosure intelligence sources and methods, as well as the organization, functions, names, official titles, salaries, or numbers of personnel employed by the Agency, in accord with the National Security Act of 1947 and the CIA Act of 1949, respectively.”

The State Department declined to comment. “Per the colleague who handles this issue, we are not speaking to the content of emails,” State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson told Breitbart News.

Breitbart lists several officials whose names should never have appeared in an email stored on an unprotected server. It’s unknown what direction the FBI investigation is pursuing, but this would appear to be a priority. Few crimes in the Espionage Act are more serious than  endangering agents and officials who work undercover by storing their names on a server that can easily be hacked.

Of course, the FBI has had this information for months. It may be only part of the case they are making against Clinton. Or, if they determine that the email server had not been hacked, the naming of intel officials may not even be part of the case against her.

But it’s hard to imagine how Hillary Clinton can wiggle free from this net that’s encircling her without help from the president and his Justice Department.