Clin­ton didn’t send clas­si­fied ma­te­rial

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jim Chais­son, Columbia

The hue and cry over Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 30,000 e-mails con­tain­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion has over­looked the fact that it is the sen­der of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial to an un­clas­si­fied e-mail ac­count who is re­spon­si­ble for the spillage, not the re­cip­i­ent.

Re­cip­i­ents are ob­li­gated to report the re­ceipt of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial on an un­clas­si­fied ac­count to their se­cu­rity of­fi­cer as soon as it is rec­og­nized to be other than un­clas­si­fied.

It is un­for­tu­nate that the di­rec­tor of the FBI, who cor­rectly found no crim­i­nal in­tent, did not ex­plain what it was that was de­ter­mined to be clas­si­fied ma­te­rial.

Un­der Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 13256 it is clear that some­thing may be clas­si­fied only by the owner of that in­for­ma­tion, and the clas­si­fi­ca­tion must be ap­plied by an Orig­i­nal Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Author­ity (OCA) — the in­for­ma­tion owner.

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