But he said that even for Presidents information was on a “need to know basis”, particularly around new weapons.
He said: “I recall instances when White House officials sought briefings on highly compartmented Department of Defence (DoD) programs and were flatly refused.
“Access to such programs is on a need to know basis. In general, nobody outside DoD, including the Secretary of State, is deemed to have a need to know.”Officials like John Podesta and Secretary Clinton can easily serve for years in senior positions and be avid consumers of classified intelligence analysis but never obtain access to DoD’s compartmented programs, which mostly relate to new weapons systems.
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