State Dept. Accidently SHARES JW ‘SECRET’ Files Supposed To Go To CDC
President Trump might want to consider adding the State Department to his growing list of government cutbacks when he hears about the agency's latest bureaucratic screw-up.
It's pretty embarrassing, and the implications could have been serious.
In response to a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the State Department sent the investigative site Judicial Watch "SECRET" files by accident.
According to Judicial Watch, the mishap involves the site's investigation of the Obama administration's handling of the Ebola epidemic three years ago.
In 2014 Judicial Watch said it requested records under FOIA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for "communications relating to possibly stopping air travel between the United States and certain West African countries impacted by the 2014 Ebola epidemic."
"Judicial Watch followed the Ebola drama closely and reported extensively on the Obama administration’s handling of the situation, including issuing a special Ebola amnesty for Africans and an outrageous plan to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment," according to the site, which ran a full expose on the State Department records mishap.
The State Department dragged its feet for more than two years before it finally responded, and even then the agency couldn't get it right.
Someone at the State Department sent Judicial Watch a double-wrapped envelope via UPS marked "SECRET" that was intended to go to the CDC. The envelope contained a cover letter, addressed to State Department FOIA Officer Eric Stein, and a Compact Disc, also labeled "SECRET."
The State Department meant to send the compact disc to the CDC so that the agency could return it with the "proper files" to be reviewed, Judicial Watch adds.
Instead, the State Department mistakenly sent Judicial Watch a packet containing potentially classified information.
Judicial Watch notes that had the CD contained actual files the State Department would have been in violation of federal law for passing of classified material.
This is the same agency once ruled by Hillary Clinton, who lost her bid for the presidency because of her reckless handling of classified materials.
Can the leaks get any worse at the State Department?
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Source: Judicial Watch