Hillary Clinton did not attend any security briefings or State Department courses relating to the proper handling of classified material while serving as the secretary of state, according to legal documents recently filed by the Obama administration. Calls for Clinton to be stripped of her security clearance, as others have for similar or lesser violations, have increased since the filings became public.
The Obama administration filings were part of a document dump released late last Friday evening, BizPacReview reports. The federal government was compelled to research and release the information about Clinton’s security training after the Daily Caller filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
While on the campaign stump and during her weekend interview with Fox News, Hillary Clinton claimed the FBI determined she did not lie about not sending or receiving any emails marked classified.
While FBI Director James Comey did say she did not lie to the federal agency (he was not present at her interview and there was no recording or transcript made of Clinton’s statements), he would not comment on Hillary’s statements to the public, which, in multiple instances, appear to be the polar opposite of what Comey’s report found revealed.
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State Department officials have revealed they cannot find any record of either Hillary Clinton or her top aides taking the required annual security courses and briefings during her four years as the secretary of state. In the Obama administration’s legal filing, State Department officials said the failure to produce any such documents meant the required national security training courses “were not completed.”
“If the search of these databases did not locate any such training records, then the courses were not completed,” State Department’s Office of Information Programs and Services Co-Director Eric Stein stated in the legal documents filed before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon.
State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner disagrees with his agency peer. Toner claims the absence of briefing and course records does not necessarily mean Hillary Clinton and her top aides did not complete the required training.
According to Toner, Hillary engaged in an “in person orientation” on how to properly handle classified information.
If the spokesman is accurate, shouldn’t the secretary of state have been well aware of the security protocols she was skirting when sending or receiving information marked classified on her private email and home server? Many media pundits are now wondering if James Comey was made aware of the lack of proof of the training during the lengthy investigation into the Clinton email scandal.
“State searched the record systems and databases that would contain records showing that the specified individuals completed the mandatory training courses — if they in fact completed them,” according to a statement in the legal filing by the Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer and Marcia Berman, the assistant director of the Federal Program Branch at the Justice Department.
The records kept regarding security briefings and training courses are reportedly held by four different federal departments: the Student Management Training System, the Cyber Security Administration, the Sensitive Compartmented Information electronic training records, and at the Foreign Service Institute’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
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“The State Department, under penalty of perjury, effectively just threw a former Secretary of State and her aides under the bus for failing to do what all State Department officials are required to do,” said Bradley Moss, the attorney in charge of the Daily Caller’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Moss went on to say there is absolutely no “wiggle room” when it comes to either the State Department security training requirements or the related record keeping. According to Department of Justice attorneys involved in the case, the Cybersecurity Administration database “contains records of all online training activity specifically related to the Department’s Cyber Security Awareness course.”
“If the training records are not there, then Secretary Clinton and her aides never did the training. Period,” Moss concluded.
According to retired Colonel James Williamson, a former Special Operations Forces officer and co-founder of the non-partisan group for intelligence and special operations officers OPSEC, paperwork must be completed to prove the briefings took place.
“There’s an electronic record. I would get a nastygram if I didn’t complete my online course. I have to make sure every year my employees would take the online course,” Colonel Williamson also said.
The only records the federal government could produce to prove State Department staffers to Hillary Clinton took any of the required annual cyber security training courses or briefings pertain to Cheryl Mills and Jacob Sullivan. Neither of Clinton’s aides completed the requirements designed to protect classified information and national security for all four years Clinton served as the secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, did not take any cyber security training, according to the documents produced for the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filing.
President Barack Obama’s former Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, said Hillary Clinton should have been banned from accessing any “classified or sensitive information.”
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