- Special Access Programs SAPs–
- SAPs must be established and maintained only when absolutely necessary to protect the Nation’s most sensitive capabilities; information; technologies; operations; and research, development, test and evaluation; or when required by statute pursuant to Reference (b). Establishment must be consistent with Executive Order (E.O.) 13526.
- SAPs must be protected at all times consistent with their classification and sensitivity.
- employees who meet personnel access or prerequisite eligibility criteria and have assigned legal, fiscal, audit, investigative, operational, or statutory oversight or regulatory duties for DoD SAPs must be deemed to have need to know (NTK) for access and will be granted effective and sufficient access to those programs when determined necessary by an access approval authority (AAA) to meet their responsibilities.
- Classified Information –
- Classified national security information is information created or received by an agency of the federal government or a government contractor that would damage national security if improperly released.
- Information can only be classified if an official determination is made that its unauthorized release would damage the national security. Levels of classification correspond to levels of supposed damage. E.O. 13526 specifies that information whose release would cause “exceptionally grave damage to the national security” is classified TOP SECRET; information whose release would cause “serious damage” is classified SECRET; CONFIDENTIAL is the lowest category of classified information currently in use.
- Portion Markings –
- Identify the classification level of each portion.
- A portion is ordinarily defined as a paragraph, but also includes subjects, titles, graphics, tables, charts, bullet statements, sub-paragraphs, classified signature blocks, bullets and other portions within slide presentations, and the like.
- Portion markings consist of the letters “(U)” for Unclassified, “(C)” for Confidential, “(S)” for Secret, and “(TS)” for Top Secret.
- The two paragraphs of this sample document contain “Secret” and “Unclassified” information, respectively.
- The abbreviations, in parentheses, are placed before the portion to which they apply. Portion mark as illustrated in this example.
- Example –
- Identify the classification level of each portion.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE DIRECTOR From: John E. Doe, Chief Division 5
Subject: (U) Examples
1. (U) Paragraph 1 contains “Unclassified” information. Therefore, this portion will be marked with the designation “U” in parentheses preceding the portion.
• (S) If all sub-paragraphs are the same classification as the primary paragraph, then you do not need to portion mark the sub-paragraphs.
• (U) However, if the portions are not all the same classification, then all main and sub-paragraphs must be individually marked.
2. (S) Paragraph 2 contains “Secret” information. Therefore, this portion will be marked with the designation “S” in parentheses preceding the portion.
3. (TS) Paragraph 3 contains “Top Secret” information. Therefore, this portion will be marked with the designation “TS” in parentheses preceding the portion.
FBI Findings (emphasis added)
- From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.
- seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails)
- Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
Bret Baier Interview
“Director Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people.” HRC answer to Bret’s question about her handling of classified information.
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Clinton about the “debunked” claim that she made during two separate interviews, noting that Comey actually contradicted many of her statements about her email. “Are you mischaracterizing Director Comey’s testimony, and is this not undercutting your efforts to rebuild trust with the American people?”
“Kristin, I appreciate your asking that, because I was pointing out in both of those instances that the Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful. That’s really the bottom line here,” said Clinton.
Video of interview is here, where she continues to explain that she “short-circuited”
I guess that “short-circuited” is Clinton Speak for Lied!
Evidently what she intended to say was “Director Comey said that my answers, to the FBI, were truthful and what I’ve said, to the FBI, was inconsistent with what I have told the American people.”