During a presidential forum on Wednesday, a veteran questioned Hillary Clinton about her handling of classified information as Secretary of State.
The retired U.S. Air Force and Navy veteran, Lt. John Lester, who once held a top-secret sensitive compartmentalized information (TS/SCI) clearance, made the inquiry live on MSNBC’s commander-in-chief forum.
After the MSBNC commentator introduced Lester, who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Lester respectfully asked Clinton, “As a Naval flight officer I held the top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance. And that provided me access with materials and information highly sensitive to our war fighting capabilities.”
“Had I communicated this information not following the prescribed protocols I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned… Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who are and were trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security,” Lester finished asking.
Reporter’s Note: As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I once held a TS/SCI clearance and what Lt. Lester said is completely correct as I would have also been prosecuted and imprisoned just as any veteran or active duty armed forces member.
When I served, I worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) and we could not divulge classified or “un-classified data and materials” at any time, no questions asked.
Clinton’s comment about being in tents to evade recording cameras is a violation of national security protocols and the Espionage Act.
To this date, 32 years later, I still cannot speak about what I did, what I saw and read as I would be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for the rest of my life.
Nevertheless, I guess it is okay for a former Secretary of State and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party to skirt the espionage laws and violations of national security and act like it is no big deal.
That is the Democratic Party and Clinton’s way of being superior above everyone else.
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