Two recent developments have transformed Hillary’s email scandal into a potentially deadly issue.
Yesterday, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community wrote to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to inform him that he had received “two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels. According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”
SAP (special access program) is a designation that is even more secret than “top secret.” Fox News explains that “Access to a SAP is restricted to those with a “need-to-know” because exposure of the intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting a method of intelligence collection — or a human asset — at risk.”
At the moment, about 1,340 emails that went to or from Secretary Clinton contained material the State Department deems to be “classified.” Hillary says they were not classified when she got or sent them and that their classification is only retroactive. Her critics say she should have recognized them as classified and labelled them so herself, which she is authorized to do.
But the fact that she also sent or received SAP material is an even more significant breech of intelligence protocol.
This disclosure comes on top of the revelation last week that the FBI is now expanding its investigation of the e mails to include evidence of possible corruption at the Clinton Foundation and in the events surrounding the speaking fees earned by the Clintons.
Together, these new revelations, both by Fox News, indicate that the danger for Secretary Clinton has escalated and that the FBI investigation is coming closer to home.