The worst case hasn’t yet arrived with regard to the Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy.
However, it’s a lot closer than the presumed Democratic Party presidential frontrunner would like.
I won’t yet call this matter a “scandal.” It would elevate to that level if we found out that the classified e-mails that went out on the former secretary of state’s personal server got into the wrong hands.
The Obama administration today revealed that 22 e-mail messages that went through Clinton’s server have been labeled “top secret.” Clinton had said she didn’t knowingly send out sensitive material on the server.
The administration now says it won’t release the e-mails to the public because — that’s right — they are top secret!
We won’t be allowed to see what’s in them, which is just fine by me.
Most troubling, though, is that the e-mail messages very well could have gotten into the hands of those seeking to do serious harm to this nation.
We’ll need to know the truth about how those messages traveled through cyberspace containing the highly sensitive national security information.
Of course, the political ramifications of this revelation ramp up the stakes for Monday’s Iowa caucuses, where Clinton is locked in a tight battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is running a distant third, but suddenly he emerges as a potential spoiler.
Clinton is beginning to suffer from some trust issues with voters. The administration’s acknowledgment that the e-mails carried top secret information into potentially unsecured locations out there into the Internet universe could do serious harm to a candidacy once seen as unstoppable.