Recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been criticized for using a private email account during her time in office.
Earlier this month, a senior State Department official said thousands of her emails have been released after revelations she used a private account to conduct “official business” while in office.
The State Department is reviewing 55,000 pages and it took them some time to get started.
The Associated Press reports approximately 11,000 requests for the emails under the open records law. The media has been filing requests from 2009-2013.
Records have been delayed for more than a year since the Benghazi attacks that left a U.S. Ambassador dead.
The A.P. recently said it is considering legal action to speed up the process.
The State Department policy notes “that information that is not classified as secret but contains sensitive national security or diplomatic information can only be conveyed on secure channels except for certain circumstances.”
In a nine page fact sheet from her staff, it says Clinton used only one email account during her time in office. While she changed once due to Gawker publishing a previous account, she still only used one account.
She had 62,320 sent and received emails. Since Clinton claims 31,830 were private and personal records, she deleted them.
In the same nine page report, her staffers do admit a basic search for terms like “Benghazi” and “Libya” popped up nearly 3,000 emails from officials and friends on those topics.
So are you telling me that she never received one email or sent one email with confidential material through the only account she used?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.
In reading the many updates on this case, I cannot help but think of the double standard being held by our government officials.
Do you remember my high school classmate, Major Jason Brezler?
A couple of years ago, Major Brezler’s fate was sealed when a Marine Corps Board of Inquiry concluded that he had “demonstrated substandard conduct, misconduct or professional or moral dereliction, and conduct unbecoming an officer by failing to observe correct protocols for handling classified information.”
He doesn’t deserve to stay in the Corps, they concluded.
At question was Major Brezler’s actions in 2012 when he received an urgent email from then-Capt. Andrew Terrell regarding Sarwar Jan, a corrupt Afghan police chief previously known for child sex abuse. Jan had gained access to a Marine base and this email alerted Brezler, who was in the U.S., that Jan was back.
Brezler responded by emailing a brief on who Jan is and sent it with his Yahoo account to those at the base to warn them about Jan.
It was then Brezler was alerted he might have sent classified information. He followed that alert by reporting himself to his superiors.
An NCIS investigation did find a folder on Brezler’s thumb drive that he used when in Afghanistan in 2010.
Two weeks after Major Brezler sent his warning email, one of Jan’s teenage boys he had a relationship with grabbed a rifle and killed three Marines while seriously wounding another.
When testifying on his own behalf, this according to the Marine Corps Times, he said “his name brought me great concern, knowing he was somewhere in the battlespace. I immediately responded.”
He went on to say “his worst fears had come true” when he learned about the attack.
At the inquiry, prosecutors painted a picture that Major Brezler had knowingly kept classified documents for a book he was writing on his Now Zad experiences. Major Brezler said he had taken the documents home by mistake and used the Jan information in his manuscript without realizing it was classified.
He received an honorable discharge, which allowed him to keep his benefits but does not allow him the honor of wearing the uniform.
So while Major Brezler was thrown under the bus by the government, the current administration has allowed a process to obtain a government official’s emails to take multiple years.
Likely, confidential material was either received or sent by Clinton but many officials are practically giving her a pass.
In all reality, just her sending any email from this private account could be considered sensitive material due to her office. Meanwhile, Major Brezler’s case is already over. Double standards are frustrating…