The indefatigable Ken Dilanian reports the latest news on classified information being sent to private email accounts:
The State Department’s Inspector General has found classified information sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned.
In a letter to Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy dated Feb. 3, State Department Inspector General Steve Linick said that the State Department has determined that 12 emails examined from State’s archives contained national security information now classified “Secret” or “Confidential.” The letter was read to NBC News.
….Colin Powell told NBC News he strongly disputed that the information in the messages was classified, and characterized the contents as innocuous. Said Powell, “I wish they would release them so that a normal, air-breathing mammal would look at them and say, ‘What’s the issue?’”
Sorry, Colin! It’s an election year, and no normal mammals are to be found. Just the usual horde of hacks and bottom-feeders.
FWIW, I agree with him. Just release everything. Aside from a few zealots at the CIA playing stupid interagency games, nobody who’s actually seen any of these emails seems to think there’s anything even slightly confidential about any of them. It’s long past time to cut the crap and put this whole thing to bed one way or the other.