On Wednesday, a veteran called out Hillary Clinton about her handling of classified information as secretary of state during a presidential forum.An Air Force and Navy veteran who proclaimed they held top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance advised Clinton if he did the same thing she did he would be in prison.
Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who were and are trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security?
Clinton continued to say:
Well I appreciate your concern and also your experience, but let me try to make the distinctions that I think are important for me to answer your question. First, as I said to Matt, you know and I know, classified material is designated. . . And what we have here is the use of an unclassified system by hundreds of people in our government to send information that was not marked, there were no headers, there was no statement top secret, secret, or confidential.
I communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. I took it very seriously.
She continued to describe the precautions she took while traveling to prevent visual surveillance of her handling of classified material while on the road.
The host of the event seemed eager to move on from the emails and toward veterans’ priorities.