During the Commander-in-Chief Forum hosted by MSNBC, a veteran confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton regarding her handling of classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State.
“Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned,” an Air Force and Navy Veteran said. “Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who were and are trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security?”
“Well I appreciate your concern and also your experience, but let me try to make the distractions that I think are important for me to answer your question,” Clinton responded. “First, as I said to Matt [Lauer], you know and I know, classified material is designated. And what we have here is the use of an unclassified system by hundreds of people in our government to send information that was not marked, there were no headers, there was no statement top secret, secret, or confidential.”
Clinton added, “I communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. I took it very seriously.”
While answering the veteran questions, Clinton continued to describe the precaution matter she took to prevent visual surveillance of handling the classification materials, especially while traveling.