OPSEC Calls For The Immediate Suspension Of Any Security Clearances Held By …

by OPSEC –
Chad Kolton –


ALEXANDRIA, VA — Scott Taylor, President of SPECIAL OPERATIONS EDUCATION FUND (OPSEC), announced today that OPSEC is formally calling upon Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately suspend any and all security clearances presently held by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; her former Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills; her former Deputy Chief of Staff, Jake Sullivan and her advisor Huma Abedin until final adjudication of any violations of national security regulations or laws. http://opsecteam.org/download/080315_Letter.pdf

OPSEC initiated the request as it is evident that sensitive and classified information was transmitted or received by one or more of these named individuals using a private server maintained by former Secretary Clinton outside of secure State Department facilities.

Two independent Inspectors General, General Linick at U. S. Department of State and General McCullough at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, have separately established that classified information has been mishandled and that the scope and nature of the attendant circumstances are serious enough to warrant referral to the Department of Justice.

Indeed, the State Department IG, General Linick, unequivocally stated that significant numbers of emails associated with Ms. Clinton’s private server contained classified information at the time such information was first sent or received on Ms. Clinton’s server. It is apparent now that these breaches involved information from five intelligence agencies.

It is obvious that the four individuals we have identified engaged in a pattern of activities that clearly violated numerous State Department directives and Title 18 USC to include at least the following:

1. Unlawful removal and storage of classified information “without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location.” Tile 18 USC 1924

2. U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 5, Subchapter 480 (5 FAM 480) – Classifying and Declassifying National Security Information – Executive Order 13256

3. U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 5, Subchapter 750 (5 FAM 750) – Electronic Mail (Email) Policy

4. U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 12, Subchapter 530 (12 FAM 530) – Storing and Safeguarding Classified Material

“Administrative suspension in these circumstances is entirely consistent with established security policies, procedures and practices. We note previous administrative security actions undertaken with regard to General Petraeus, Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration, Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren, Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, among others.”

Taylor stated that “OPSEC believes that protecting classified information and other sensitive information from unauthorized disclosure and hostile hacking is absolutely critical to our national security. We call upon Secretary Kerry to suspend immediately the security clearances of former Secretary Clinton and the three other former State Department officials previously identified and any former or current officials of the State Department who sent and/or received classified information via former Secretary Clinton’s server or other private systems.

“The American people must be assured that the Departments of State and Justice and the relevant Congressional oversight committees are committed to ensuring that the laws and policies governing handling of classified materials are efficiently and consistently enforced to protect the national security of this country and its citizens. Hence, we call on Secretary Kerry to take immediately the first and essential step in fulfilling that obligation.”

August 5, 2015
Contact: Chad Kolton

OPSEC is a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization of former members of Special Operations Forces and the Intelligence Community. OPSEC is focused on protecting U.S. Special Operations Forces and national intelligence assets from political exploitation, misguided policies, and intentional misuse of classified information, all of which expose them and their families to greater risk and reduce their ability to keep Americans safe. More information about OPSEC can be found at www.OpSecTeam.org.

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