Clinton aides copied intel from classified network and sent to her unsecured server

The New York Post has a story that AT broke two weeks ago – that the probable origin of classified information that appeared in Hillary Clinton emails was the result of aides copying and pasting, word for word, intelligence reports from two secured servers.

AT contributor Mike Ford, a former infantry officer familiar with the DoD and State Department classified systems, wrote a damning indictment of Hillary Clinton and her people for transferring highly sensitive, compartmentalized information from secure networks to Clinton's personal email account.

IPRNet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network): used to transmit material that is classified CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET. It may not be used to transmit TOP SECRET material. 

JWICS (Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System): used to transmit TOP SECRET information, to include highly classified satellite imagery. The JWICS system is where Private Bradley Manning obtained the information he later gave to Wikileaks. This is also the system the State Department uses to routinely receive and access satellite imagery and imagery analysis, along with other TOP SECRET information.

What is important to understand is that, except for extremely rare and tightly controlled circumstances, JWICS, SIPRNet and the in-house unclassified systems do not connect to each other. Except for that very rare exception, the only way to get information from one system to another is to use a system I have yet to introduce, the SneakerNet. "SneakerNet" is IT slang, referring to someone taking information on one system, saving it to portable media, disk or thumb drive and walking ("sneakering") it over to the other system and uploading it, thereby bypassing the procedural safeguards inherent in separate, unconnected systems. An alternative, using the same concept, would be to print the data from a JWICS terminal (possibly inside the State Department) and then scan the hard copy into an unclassified system. This method would also work were someone get access to a hard copy document or photo handed out at a meeting.

The New York Post confirms Ford's explanation and expands on the points made:

“It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” said Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.”

He says it’s clear from some of the classified e-mails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, e-mailed to her via NIPRNet.

To work around the closed, classified systems, which are accessible only by secure desktop workstations whose hard drives must be removed and stored overnight in a safe, Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document, Fournier said. “Either way, it’s totally illegal.”

Ford agrees and adds another potential charge to a Clinton indictment:

What this means is that the conversation about this being a mistake, accident, or minor error in judgment, is a flat out lie. In my humble opinion, this lie should be rolled into an obstruction of justice charge -- yet another felony.

There have been whispers of an FBI revolt if Clinton is not indicted, with several dozen agents threatening to resign if she is not prosecuted.  One thing is for sure: A.G. Loretta Lynch has a decision to make that will, very simply, directly affect who the next president is.  But no one has any confidence that the Obama Justice Department, besotted with partisanship and bias, can find the will to enforce the law and bring Hillary Clinton down.

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