The Clinton email pseudoscandal is going into high-weirdness mode. I am particularly struck by this Poltico story
which claims that the focus is now on Hillary's aide Huma Abedin. The underlying presumption here is that Huma is some sort of Islamic sleeper agent -- a baseless claim which has long been a right-wing fear-fantasy.
It's sad to see Politico go along with that nonsense.
For a reasonable response to the right's hysteria about the emails, go here
. Basically, what you're not being told is that the classifications were retroactive
. The material was not classified at the time, according to this McClatchy report
Revelations that dozens of Clinton’s emails now include classified information has prompted an FBI inquiry into whether classified information was improperly stored on her private server and a thumb drive held by her attorney. The news has sparked fear among national security experts that the federal government’s secrets may have been exposed or even hacked. However, the two inspectors general said the material in Clinton’s email was not marked as classified at the time.
It seems to me very possible that there are many people in the intelligence community who would prefer to see a Republican win in 2016. Such a person might want to cause trouble for Hillary by deciding after the fact
that a relatively innocuous document must now be considered Top Secret.
If she did not knowingly send an email with classified info, there is no crime. And realistically speaking, why would
she use a private server to transmit classified information? To whom would she send it? What practical purpose would have been served?
It's obvious to everyone that she used a private email server to avoid the kind of legal fishing expeditions that made Judicial Watch famous. That's all that's going on here. The Secretary of State wasn't involved in espionage.