Inside the Ring: Obama Redefines Secrets in Clinton Defense


President Obama this week redefined the definition of classified information in comments made Sunday in defending Hillary Clinton’s placement of secrets on a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Asked to square comments he made in October asserting Mrs. Clinton did not jeopardize national secrets with later disclosures that over 2,000 of the emails contained classified information, including data deemed "Top Secret," the president said she did not "intentionally" put American security in jeopardy.

"And what I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there’s classified, and then there’s classified," Mr. Obama told Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace. "There’s stuff that is really ‘Top Secret, Top Secret,’ and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open source."

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon he was a national security reporter, editor, and columnist for 27 years at the Washington Times. Bill is the author of seven books, four of which were national bestsellers. His most recent book was iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, a look at information warfare in its many forms and the enemies that are waging it. Bill has an international reputation. Vyachaslav Trubnikov, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, once called him a “tool of the CIA” after he wrote an article exposing Russian intelligence operations in the Balkans. A senior CIA official once threatened to have a cruise missile fired at his desk after he wrote a column critical of the CIA’s analysis of China. And China’s communist government has criticized him for news reports exposing China’s weapons and missile sales to rogues states. The state-run Xinhua news agency in 2006 identified Bill as the No. 1 “anti-China expert” in the world. Bill insists he is very much pro-China—pro-Chinese people and opposed to the communist system. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once told him: “You are drilling holes in the Pentagon and sucking out information.” His Twitter handle is @BillGertz.

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