WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 — I. Charles McCullough III is a relentless sleuth. He served for a decade at the FBI, where his work “included high-profile investigative and legal assignments,” according to his biography at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website.
After he left the FBI, McCullough was senior counsel for law enforcement and intelligence at Treasury, then, according to his biography, “Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), where he oversaw internal investigations involving fraud, ethics, intelligence oversight and whistleblower reprisal matters.”
Now, as inspector general of the Intelligence Community (ICIG), McCullough leads IG audits, inspections, evaluations and investigations for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He is also the whistleblower who is receiving verbal reprisals for making sure that Republicans in Congress do their jobs. In particular, his work prods them to follow up on Obama administration wrongdoing, including the illegal handling of top secret U.S. government information that was in the possession of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In response to a letter from Republican Sens. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, regarding the nature of the classified material Clinton stored on her home computer server, McCullough said some of the materials were labeled “CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, AND TOP SECRET/SAP levels.”
SAP stands for “Special Access Program,” the highest level afforded secret documents.
Last March, Hillary insisted there was “no classified material” on her home server. That was before the State Department released emails showing nearly 1,000 classified documents resided on her unsecured home computer server.
Having been caught in a lie, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon insisted, “when it comes to classified information, the standards are not all that black and white.”
Of the McCullough revelation, Fallon told CNN, “I think he [McCullough] put two Republican senators up to sending him a letter so that he would have an excuse to resurface the same allegations he made back in the summer.”
It’s the “vast right-wing conspiracy” charge all over again. The only glitch here is that McCullough was appointed to his position in 2011 by President Obama.
Under terms established by Executive Order 12958, Special Access Program secrets “shall be limited to programs in which the number of persons who will have access ordinarily will be reasonably small and commensurate with the objective of providing enhanced protection for the information involved … Each agency head or senior agency official shall establish controls to ensure that classified information is used, processed, stored, reproduced, transmitted, and destroyed under conditions that provide adequate protection and prevent access by unauthorized persons.”
Contrary to the denials of Clinton campaign hacks, the language of Executive Order 12958 is most certainly “black and white.”
And Hillary should know.
Executive Order 12958 was issued on April 17, 1995, and signed by her husband, President of the United States Bill Clinton.