Here is the rest of the story…(How the email scandal might have appeared less sinister with added context based on interviews with a couple of state department or governmental equivalent ex- employees.)
I found one such person who published his opinion on a 3/10/16 Quora blog who has actually dealt with classified and non classified data in similar government environments to the state department. The author, Roger White details what his experience tells him about the ongoing saga of the handling of documents at the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was its Secretary of State from 2009-2013.
Roger White’s background in intelligence started with his signing up with the U. S. Army in 1969 where he then served for the next 27 years in Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence, holding MOS codes, 96B (Intelligence Analyst), 96C (Interrogator), 97B (Counter Intelligence Agent) and 98C (Signal Intelligence Analyst).
The following is his analysis of the state department’s internal email handling:
“As I have said on Quora many times already, I dealt with classified, unclassified and unclassified that was retroactively classified material from 1969 to 1996, so I have some personal knowledge about classified material, unclassified material and unclassified material that was retroactively classified.”
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not create the unclassified material that was retroactively classified, she received it at a time when the creator (not her) thought it was unclassified – so Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not commit any crime under the laws that existed when she received it. Also at that time there were no laws preventing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice or Secretary of State Colin Powell from using a private server – so none of them committed a crime. The three Secretaries of States may have acted stupid – one could justifiably say that – but none of the three of them committed a criminal act.”
“So this constant litany of “Why isn’t Hillary Clinton in prison?”, “How has Hillary Clinton not been charged, indicted, or arrested for anything regarding the email scandal?” just makes the bull-pucky pile higher and higher and higher and smellier and smellier and smellier (as she becomes) the victim of an unjustifiable witch hunt.”
“What bugs me is the concept that ex post facto laws should be used to punish someone you personally do not like when ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden under the U. S. Constitution. Disliking a person or a person’s family doesn’t take their Constitutional rights away from them.”
The second person, John Bogelund Unger, a retired physicist/ engineer who claims familiarity with government’s handling of classified data, wrote the following 8/6/15 Quora post: “It’s all about politics. Was it criminal? Not really because at the time she was secretary of state, there were few rules about email conduct and none were codified. The question of classified information being transmitted is laughable if you are familiar with how things get classified in Washington. In Clinton’s case some of these emails might be classified as secret or confidential long after they were sent.”
” My experience with this is that those who determine what is secret or not, tend to classify everything as secret if only to cover their own butt. It is therefore, not inconceivable that the brand of toilet paper the president is using being classified as top secret-I’m not being hyperbolic either. When it comes to presidential elections one side will look under every pebble to find something that can be blown into a major scandal. So when these stories come out, take them with a very small grain of salt, they only get whipped into a major event based on public reaction. All sides are skilled in the art of the “spin” to maximize the results.”
The origin of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as per Quora: “Sidney Blumenthal, a figure long associated with Hillary Clinton got hacked in 2013 by a Romanian hacker (“Guccifer” or Marcel Lazar Lehel) who, in releasing Blumenthal’s correspondence, gave first evidence to the public that Secretary Clinton was using a private email server. The hacker is currently serving seven years for other hacks (including the head of Romanian Intelligence Service). At least one FOIA request was filed (by an outfit called Gawker) requesting all correspondence at the Clinton email address revealed by the hacker but the state department claimed at the time that no such records existed.”
NOTE: THIS BLOG WAS LAST UPDATED ON 11/18/16.