Stunned MSNBC panel piles on Hillary; this ‘couldn’t be more serious’

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When liberal MSNBC joins the dog pile on Hillary Clinton for storing classified information on her private email server, it’s a definite sign the party may soon be over for the Democratic front-runner.

At the center of the latest revelation in the former secretary of state’s continuing scandal is Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal’s disclosure of the name of a secret CIA source in an email, which Clinton then forwarded to another State Department employee.

John Rizzo, former acting general counsel of the CIA, told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough “It could be literally lethal,” when asked how dangerous it could be for that kind of classified information to pass  through an unsecure server.

“Who has access to that? Who is trying to hack into it?” Rizzo said. “If this was a foreign-based source living in Libya, let’s say, if you get outed as the CIA source over there, you’re a dead man. So it couldn’t be more serious.”

Also appearing Monday’s “Morning Joe,” Yahoo News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff agreed that this was “the single most problematic email exchange we’ve seen with Hillary Clinton yet.”

“That’s the holiest of holies inside the CIA—the true identity of a secret source,” Rizzo explained. “Even inside CIA, in internal emails, in cables, you never mention or talk about the true name of a source. You use a pseudonym. So I mean, honestly, it’s quite stunning.”

It’s more than stunning: It’s criminal.

In 2005, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top White House official under President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted for obstruction of justice in connection with the leaking of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s name.

On June 5, 2007, after a jury found him guilty of four counts related to the leak—making false statements and lying to investigators—Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.  President Bush later commuted the prison term.

There may be more truth yet to the sarcastic “Hillary for prison” yard signs than we know.

Watch the MSNBC segment below.

Steve Berman

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