Boxer Rips Issa Over Releasing Benghazi Documents To Public

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent out a letter on Monday attacking Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) Representative Jason Chaggetz (R-UT) for releasing documents related to the Benghazi attacks. The California Senator referred to the documents release as “reprehensible” and “deeply irresponsible.”

Her letter read,

“Congressman Darrell Issa made a reprehensible and deeply irresponsible decision to release documents officially designated as ‘sensitive’ even after he was warned that disclosing the information could damage U.S. national security.”

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On October 9, the State Department sent a letter to Issa and warned him that the set of documents that had been provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, “contains classified and other sensitive information, including information about the security of U.S. diplomatic missions overseas, foreign government information, and personal privacy information, the unauthorized release of which could cause damage to national security and foreign relations.”

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It seems that the letter from Assistant Secretary David S. Adams was to make clear that the documents were for the committee’s eyes only and not for the public.

“A Member of Congress should never treat sensitive diplomatic information recklessly, especially when our national security is at risk and lives are on the line,” Senator Boxer said.

The problem in all of this, is that the documents that Issa released to the public were “unclassified.” That’s right they were not top secret documents. They were not classified. They were not an issue of national security. Issa’s office confirmed this.

Now perhaps if the Democrats and the Obama administration were as concerned about the security needs of foreign consulates and embassies as they are about the public reading unclassified documents, then maybe Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans would still be alive today.

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