Over the weekend, a Navy machinist, Kristian Saucier, faced a federal judge for taking six photos of the interior of a nuclear submarine. Even though such information is considered the lowest level of classified information, he did not get off lightly:
U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill sentenced Saucier to one year in prison and a $100 fine, along with six months home confinement, 100 hours of community service and a ban on owning guns, his legal team says. Prosecutors had asked for six years behind bars.
Though there's been little reporting on the sentencing, his case initially attracted some attention because his lawyers specifically invoked former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, arguing that it would be "unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid."
Not only that, Clinton's mishandling of classified information appears to be far worse than Saucier's. Clinton had at least 110 emails on her private server marked as classified at the time they were sent, and 22 emails that contained "top secret" information—the highest level of classification. Clinton further deleted thousands of emails that were supposedly "personal," though by her own admission these emails were not read before deciding they could be deleted. She has also told several apparent untruths about illegally handling classified information and her unusual private server arrangement.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD reached out to Hillary Clinton's campaign to ask if they had any comment on Saucier's sentencing. We also asked how Clinton plans to be an effective commander in chief when those in the military have good reason to believe she is guilty of a crime that would put them in jail. It could have a corrosive effect on morale if soldiers and sailors feel powerful politicians are not bound by the constitutional rule of law they are sworn to protect.
Clinton's spokesman has not responded.