Flashback: Naval Reservist Indicted for Negligently Handling Classified Information

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton doesn’t even get a slap on the wrist. —>

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On the heels of FBI Director James Comey announcing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be indicted as a result of handling classified information on a private email server, it’s worth nothing that an indictment followed nearly every other identical case including one in which a Naval reservist mishandled classified information and faced severe penalties in July 2015.

Judge Kendall J. Newman sentenced Bryan H. Nishimura, 50, to two years of probation and a $7,500 fine after ruling that he was guilty of “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.” (sound familiar?)

In addition, Nishimura lost his security clearance and was told he would never get it back.

While Nishimura was deployed in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2008, he had gained access to classified material including briefings and digital records that could not be viewed on unauthorized computers.

According to court documents, Nishimura downloaded the material onto a personal storage media device and brought the classified information back to the United States following his deployment. He later copied the material onto at least one other unauthorized system, a clear case of criminal negligence with regard to vital and secret information.

Nishimura eventually admitted to fellow Naval personnel that he mishandled the classified materials, prosecutors later revealed that he destroyed a substantial portion of the material that had been stored inside his home.

The reservist, who served as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military during the Afghan war, negligently handled information in nearly the same manner as Hillary Clinton yet the current Democratic presidential nominee got off without even being fined.   If Nishimura tried to argue (as the FBI Director did for Hillary) that he did not have “criminal intent,” Judge Newman would have laughed in his face.

It is obvious at this point that the political elites are not held to the same standard as military servicemen/women and the rest of the general public.

The Clintons in particular are, evidently, not subject to the rule of law.

Read the FBI.gov document on this case here.

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Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight, the founder of We the Vigilant and host of The Maverick Podcast, was born in Engelwood, New Jersey. He is a Bible believing Christian, a right-wing Libertarian and a nationalist who is dedicated to fighting back against cultural Marxism and globalism. In his free time, Knight enjoys triggering leftists, shooting guns and being an American.

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