The biggest political scandal discovered on Friday was not the now discredited Politico Ben Carson/West Point story it was a startling scoop in the Washington Free Beacon by Lachlan Markay that Hillary Clinton did sign a non-disclosure agreement which outline that she could be criminally libel for negligent handling of classified information (see below). People have assumed that she signed such a document but Markay found and produced the signed document which was obviously ignored. Since the Free Beacon scoop, not one newspaper or wire service picked up the story–not one.
The basics of the Free Beacon scoop include:
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.
Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.
“I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of SCI by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation,” the agreement states.
On Sunday morning, I ran the following Lexis/Nexis searches to see if Markay’s big story receive any media coverage, to make sure nothing was missed the search was run from the day before the Free Beacon story through Sunday morning.
- Hillary Clinton
- Hillary Clinton Signed
- Hillary Clinton Non-Disclosure
The above three terms were searched for the following media they represent a few hundred pages, however if anybody wishes to see the articles searched send me an email and I will email them to you:
- All newspapers and newswires
- ABC, CBS, NBC news
Not one of the above revealed coverage of the huge Free Beacon story. Lexis/Nexis does sometimes miss things, but even if one or two items were missed– if the story received the widespread coverage it deserved more than a few examples would show up.
Two days after the discredited Carson story, his claim of a West Point scholarship offer is still major news in the mainstream media. Two days after the huge Washington Free Beacon story there is still media silence. In the end this proves Dr. Carson’s point that the media treats Republican candidates differently than it treats Hillary Clinton.
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