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Paula Broadwell Didn’t Leak Info! Yay? November 14, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

Sez Paula Broadwell:

“I was embedded with Gen. Petraeus in Afghanistan, and it was a little confusing to some of the folks there because I am also a military reservist with a top secret SCI clearance and then some,” Broadwell told an audience at an Aspen Institute event in October.

“I had access to everything, it was my experience not to leak it, not to violate my mentor, if you will,” she said. “He was a very close mentor.”

There’s the obvious “creepy in hindsight” factor to what she said, but I have a couple additional issues.

First, waaaaaaay back when I had a TS clearance, I was told not to tell anybody that I had a TS clearance. Not that I would have gone to jail for letting it slip, but the intelligence agencies felt that broadcasting the fact that you have a high clearance level makes you a target for other countries. I can’t imagine that philosophy has changed – it’s just common sense.

So why is Paula Broadwell announcing her clearance at public forums?

Second, not leaking information shouldn’t be the exception – it’s not praiseworthy, it’s SOP. It shouldn’t have mattered if he was a mentor or an annoyance – you don’t leak any information regarding military operations, classified or not. They call it OPSEC, and it applies to everything the military does.

Finally, even if she was cleared at that level (and why did she have a TS/SCI clearance in the first place? It costs something like $100K for the DoD to process that sort of clearance), there’s no reason she should have had access to classified information, since she had no need to know. I can’t imagine that it was necessary for her biography. So when she says that she had “access to everything,” it’s a little unsettling.


1. nizar nizar sabini - November 14, 2012


2. red sweater - November 14, 2012

Also, “and then some”?! WTF is that supposed to mean? I’ve never heard of that classification. What’s above that? “And a bag of chips”?

3. Pupster - November 14, 2012

And then some = big bewbs

4. geoff - November 14, 2012

= sex under the desk

5. Michael - November 14, 2012

Now that we have the flag of Guinea, to complete our Flag Counter in the sidebar we need a volunteer to travel to South Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic, all in the same general area, and ping IB from some local hotel.

This could be a truly unique vacation for the intrepid traveler. Just imagine the interesting stories you could tell your friends about the relentless poverty, squalor, hostile climate, and lethal tribal animosities.

Anyone interested?

6. Pupster - November 14, 2012

Skinbad has been to Africa. I nominate him.

7. RetRsvMike - November 14, 2012

but it’s not just having the clearance that counts, she also would have had to have had the requisite “need to know…”

for which i can’t come up with a single valid reason why she would.

8. Anonymous - November 14, 2012

and the clearance is only valid when in “active military” – or is that “active in a militaries bed”?

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