The Army confirmed late Monday that an OPSEC training slide listing Hillary Clinton as an example of an insider threat is at least 18 months old and that the brief has since been removed following a report from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A servicemember stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri recently leaked a picture of the slide from the OPSEC brief in question to a Facebook page. According to admins of that Facebook page, called “U.S. Army W.T.F! moments,” this was the second time a servicemember had sent a picture of the slide in the past six months.
An Army spokesperson stated the brief had been in use for a total of 18 months. It should be noted that operational security briefs often occur on a rolling semi-annual basis, so it’s unclear exactly how many times Army personnel used the slide in briefs.
“We have confirmed that the slide was developed 18 months ago and used locally as a part of a training presentation on best practices for handling classified material and maintaining operational security,” Army Maj. Thomas Campbell, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command spokesperson, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“As is common with Army training requirements, the local unit was given latitude to develop their own training products to accomplish the overall training objective,” Campbell added. “This particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit’s leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army. The training presentation has since been removed.”
The brief listed Clinton and former CIA Director David Petraeus as two prime examples of insider threats. Clinton managed to escape unscathed after FBI Director James Comey said he would not be recommending criminal charges to the Department of Justice regarding her “extremely careless” handling of classified materials.
Petraeus, too, featured prominently on the brief for handing over classified information to his biographer, Paul Broadwell, with whom he was having a long-standing affair. After lying to the FBI and saying he didn’t have possession of any classified material, the FBI then ended up finding and seizing eight binders of classified information. Petraeus subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.
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