The Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) is the Department of Defense network for the exchange of classified information and messages at the SECRET level. It supports the Global Command and Control System, the Defense Message System, and numerous other classified warfighting and planning applications. Although the SIPRNet uses the same communications procedures as the Internet, it has dedicated and encrypted lines that are separate from all other communications systems.
You can only access SIPRNet through a dedicated machine in a secured room, like this photo of an outdated (ca 1999) comms room in some US agency, somewhere.
So how to get data off SIPRNet and distributed somewhere else? You have have to use the SNEAKERNet. Physically copy then walk the data to the recipient machine cleared to accept it. But there are serious rules for this…
Linking a computer with access to the SIPRNet to the Internet or to any other computer or media storage device that has not been approved for use with SECRET information is a serious security violation. Once any media storage device such as a CD or thumb drive has been connected to a computer with access to the SIPRNet, it becomes classified at the SECRET level. It must be protected accordingly and shall not be used on any unclassified computer.
So, whatever is pulled off SIPRNet – anything at all – remains classified. Even if you strip out all the headers, etc., if it originated on SIPRNet, it is a crime to send it out to an unclassified system.
Hillary Clinton’s private home server held documents that originated on SIPRNet. Her claim that they weren’t marked as such at the time becomes laughable when you consider she would certainly be hyper aware (with her 20 years of experience in DC) of the required security protocols. She had to know her aides were pulling data and walking it back to upload to her unsecure, unauthorized private computer. And she knew they were breaking the law by doing it. She had to know how a non-credentialed employee of her Foundation gained access to highly sensitive SIPRNet intelligence – in complete violation of the law – and cut & pasted that intel into his own outbound emails to ‘clients’ and whatnot.
This is no longer a matter of conjecture. The logs will tell who accessed SIPRNet, what they looked at, downloaded and saved. Those folks ought to face some level of federal charges. Hillary absolutely certainly definitely should, since she’s guilty as hell. But for whatever reason, nobody seems to think she will.
Anyway, how’s that for a little in-depth reporting huh? No funny picture even. Sorry – I blew all my time on this Epistle. But here’s one from the archives…Hillary at the beach.