5 People Not Named Hillary Clinton Who Were Punished for Mishandling Classified Information

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By Andrew Stiles | 3:39 pm, July 5, 2016

The FBI has determined that charges should not be brought against Hillary Clinton for mishandling state secrets over a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

In announcing the decision on Tuesday, FBI director James Comey described Hillary’s conduct as “extremely careless,” and said it was likely that her emails were exposed to foreign hackers, but concluded there was no evidence that she intentionally broke the law, even though intent is not required to determine whether federal statute was violated.

Comey also made some pretty revealing comments about the rule of law and consequences.

In other words, being “extremely careless” with classified information is something that might normally mean serious consequences for a normal person not named Hillary Clinton.

Here some actual people not named Hillary Clinton who did face serious consequences for mishandling classified information


Sandy Berger

Berger (who died in December) was (not surprisingly) a former Clinton administration official who was sentenced to two years probation, fined $50,000, and stripped of his security clearance for three years after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material in 2005.

2. CHELSEA MANNINGChelsea Manning

Bradley “Chelsea” Manning was dishonorably discharged from the Army and sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act after providing classified material to WikiLeaks in 2010.


Gen. David Petraeus

Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation, fined $100,000, and forced to resign as CIA director after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.


US Navy Plane

Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier was indicted in July 2015 on felony charges of unauthorized retention of national defense information and obstruction of justice. Saucier was accused of taking photos of a classified engine room on a nuclear submarine, and attempting to destroy evidence after learning he was being investigated. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on both charges.

Bryan Nishimura, a Naval reservist, pleaded guilty in July 2015 to the unlawful removal and retention of classified information, and was sentence to two years probation, fined $7,500, stripped of his security clearance and barred from seeking one in the future. Nishimura admitted downloading classified materials on his personal electronic devices while deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 and transporting the materials off base. An FBI investigation found no evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute the classified information.