Today, General David Petraeus pled guilty to “mishandling classified materials,” because he showed some to his mistress.
He could get a year in prison.
Contemporaneously, we discover Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trafficked in classified material for four years, using an unencrypted private email account – firstname.lastname@example.org – to conduct the business of the Department of State.
She plans to be President of the United States.
I know who should be facing more than a year in prison, but that’s not even on the table. The question for hdr22 is whether it will damage her presidential aspirations. We’ve gone from “a slip of the lip could sink a ship” to “a careless domain could wreck your campaign.”
The discrepancy shows Americans are conflicted about the accountability of our senior officials. We get confused about whether exposing mega-reams of classified material to hackers is worse than exposing ourselves to our biographers. We suspect there’s a difference between conducting foreign policy and screwing fellow Americans. But then, here’s Hillary, for whom there isn’t.
Secretary of State Clinton was able to hide her knowledge of the Benghazi massacre from Congressional oversight because she sequestered it in an email account designed to avoid any US government supervision or tracking.
Memos sent to Secretary of State Clinton’s personal (one can no longer say ‘private’) email account include titles like “Comprehensive Intel Report on Libya,” and warnings that, “THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE.”
The memos include notes on the intelligence sources, such as: “Sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the leadership of the Armed Forces, and Western Intelligence, diplomatic, and security services.”
Neither Lois Lerner nor Valerie Plame could be reached for comment.