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Hillary Clinton Retains Security Clearance Despite FBI Inquiry into Handling of Classified Information

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive government information on her private email account, she still has security clearance to access classified information, McClatchy reports. 

National security experts said it’s common practice to remove that clearance during an investigation.

“Whether you’re a member of the military, a high-ranking executive branch official or anybody else with a security clearance, people should be treated equally,” said Grassley, R-Iowa. “If rank-and-file military and intelligence community employees have their clearances suspended during security investigations, then senior officials should not get any special exemptions.”

The State Department has revealed that Clinton sent or received at least 200 e-mails containing classified information through her private system.

“If this were a normal employee, it would be entirely routine to temporarily suspend their access pending investigation,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington lawyer who handles national security information.

Justice Department Accused of Keeping Public Records from Being Released

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama pledged to run a transparent administration that respects public access to records.

But an internal audit of the Justice Department recently found excessive secrecy, according to Slate.

The audit found “persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of certain classification processes.”

For example, a review of documents found that information was marked as secret despite containing no classified information, Slate reported.

Updated: U.S. Soldier Faces Up to Life in Prison for Release of 700,000 Classified Documents

Update: CNN reports that a military judge found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but guilty of most of the other charges.

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, could be sentenced to life in prison today, Reuters reports.

A judge is expect to render a verdict in the case against Army Private First Class Manning, 25, who’s charged with aiding the enemy by releasing 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that Manning was appropriately trained to understand that releasing the sensitive information put the U.S. at risk.

Others say the case is overblown.

“He’s just a dumb kid who got himself into a situation where he felt he was saving the world,” said Joseph Wippl, a professor of international relations at Boston University and a former CIA officer. “I think he should be convicted and they should be easy on him. They need to do more on limiting access to classified information.”

Justice Department Tracked Movements of Journalist, Obtained Telephone Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department tracked a journalist suspected of receiving secret material related to possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, The Washington Post reports.

In addition to obtaining telephone records from James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News,, investigators used security badge access records to track the reporter’s traffic in and out of the State Department, the Post wrote.

Justice Department investigators also obtained a search warrant for Rosen’s e-mails.

This follows the discovery that the Justice Department also seized telephone records from the AP.

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FBI Visits Home of Ex-CIA Director Petraeus As Part of Investigation into Potential Classified Leak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Trying to determine whether his former lover mishandled classified information, FBI agents questioned former CIA Director David Petraeus at his home in the northern Virginia late last week, Reuters reports.

The FBI launched an investigation last year after it was discovered Petraeus had an extra-marital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, whose handling of classified information is under question.

Agents have already seized materials from Broadwell’s home in North Carolina, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, Petraeus and Broadwell deny mishandling classified information.

Book About Osama bin Laden Raid Under Scrutiny; Justice Dept. Could Try to Put Kibosh on Book

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department may be asked to pull a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Matt Bissonnette, who is listed under the pseudonym, Mark Owen, was required to submit the book for pre-publication review under military secrecy agreements he signed.

If the book’s manuscript reveals classified information, Pentagon officials said they would take the case to the Justice Department, according to the AP.

Bissonnette is a former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid.