Perhaps it was the ultimate Freudian slip.
On Monday, a leaked Army operational security brief showed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director David Petraeus listed as two key examples of potential insider threats. As the Daily Caller reported at the time, admins of the Facebook page “U.S. Army W.T.F! moments” told The Daily Caller News Foundation this is the second time they’ve received a picture of this particular slide in the last six months. They posted the slide to their page Sunday.
The brief, marked unclassified, lists servicemembers Nidal Hassan, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis as examples of threats. On the second row, the brief pictures Clinton and Petraeus. The text of “careless or disgruntled employees” echoes FBI Director James Comey’s description, “extremely careless,” of Clinton’s handling of top secret and classified information when she served as Secretary of State.
Following vocal public outcry, with some wondering if this was a joke, while others jumping on the army’s suggestion that Hillary is one of the bigger threats to nation’s security, moments ago the US Army said it was a mistake for a local unit to identify Hillary Clinton as a potential threat during a training presentation and has halted the practice.
“We have confirmed that the slide was developed 18 months ago and used locally as a part of a training presentation on best practices for handling classified material and maintaining operational security,” the US Army Training and Doctrine Command said in a statement cited by CNN. “As is common with Army training requirements, the local unit was given latitude to develop their own training products to accomplish the overall training objective.”
“This particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit’s leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army,” the statement continued. “The training presentation has since been removed.”
The slide was used at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, according to reports.
As CNN redundantly adds, Clinton’s inclusion would appear to be inspired by her use of a private email server during her four years at the State Department. While FBI Director James Comey said in July that Clinton’s actions were “extremely careless,” he recommended that no criminal charges be brought against her and none were.
The slide identified a handful of “careless or disgruntled employees” as examples of an insider “threat.”
Manning, a former Army private, is serving a 35-year prison sentence for providing classified documents to Wikileaks, while Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, fled to Russia after leaking top secret documents in 2013. Hassan, a US Army major, was responsible for the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 people dead.
Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA director, pleaded guilty last year to mishandling classified information. He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $100,000. The slide also included a photo of Aaron Alexis, the gunman behind the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 people.
As for Hillary Clinton, the FBI decided not to recommend pressing charges against the “extremely careless” former Secretary of State.
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