Espionage, otherwise known as spying, involves the obtaining or providing of information considered nationally sensitive without specific and authorized clearance to do so. Espionage is generally committed by people who are trusted to know and protect the sensitivity of the information. Espionage is a theft so egregious that its prosecution often leads to the most extreme punishment – death or life in prison.
Quite a few years ago, I worked on catapults and arresting gear for US Naval aircraft carriers. We would run drills to see how fast we could launch and recover aircraft in the event of a surprise attack on our carrier task force.
One day, I was at an international meeting in Washington, DC when an individual of Russian nationality, call him Sergei, struck up a conversation about the “whys and wherefores” of naval activity. During the discussion, he marveled at how quickly we could launch aircraft off carriers and asked about our best time. My answer “Pretty damn fast”. Sergei smiled and excused himself.
Last night on the final nationally televised debate for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton exposed yet another closely guarded national secret, namely the time between the President’s pushing the “red” button to authorize a nuclear strike and the actual strike launch itself. She did not mince words – 4 minutes. Sergei would be pleased, he didn’t even have to ask.
All of this confirms why Hillary’s private server was a national security nightmare. As many have said, the purpose of the server was pay-for-play and money laundering. It appears that Hillary just confirmed not only her disdain for national security, but that her objectives were personal and far removed from any interest in the nation.
Once again, the supposed mainstream media will cover this up, and the probable crime of espionage on national television will go unprosecuted. She just made a mistake in the heat of battle, or so the argument goes.