Hillary Clinton Signed An NDA That Could Have Her In A World Of Trouble
President Lyndon Johnson will be remembered for many things. Signing the Freedom of Information Act is often treated as a footnote for his legacy but actually has much more importance. People within the federal government like their secrets and it is only because of FOIA that information the public should have anyway, is released to the public. This recently happened with Hillary Clinton and she could be in big trouble as a result.
Lachlan Markey (one of the better DC based journalists these days) at The Washington Free Beacon broke the story about the non-disclosure agreement Hillary Clinton signed when joining the State Deparment:
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.
Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with theWashington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.
“I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of SCI by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation,” the agreement states.
Clinton has said a number of times she never sent or received any emails “marked classified.” Initially, she didn’t use the term “marked” but when information came to light she had sent and received sensitive information, she shifted to say that at the time it was received it was not classified (intelligence services will sometimes deem something classified after the fact).