We seem to have one heck of a classified documents problem here in America. A high-ranking Air Force officer just admitted to having taken classified documents to his private residence.
For everything we do so amazingly compared to the rest of the world, this is downright embarrassing. How does this keep happening?
According to the Daily Wire, retired Lt. Col. Robert Birchum, a man who sports quite the military resume, admitted to federal investigators that he took "extremely sensitive" classified documents to his Florida home, where he stored them.
This is a former high-ranking military leader who worked at the top military posts in the armed services, including Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
That's notable because to work in those commands and posts, one typically has to possess above-average intelligence, at the very least.
The Daily Wire noted:
The Daily Beast reported that Federal law enforcement officials were tipped off in early 2017 that he had a flash drive at his home that contained classified material that, if released, “could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.”
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Birchum, a high-ranking Air Force officer has quietly admitted to retaining hundreds of highly sensitive documents at his Florida home. https://t.co/zjgzUKKari
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2023
The bombshell report indicated that of the roughly 135 sensitive documents Birchum took home, many were marked with "Top Secret, Top Secret/ACCM (Alternative Compensatory Control Measures), Secret, and/or Confidential" markings, some of the most secret materials in the U.S. government.
And this military officer was able to take them to his home with seemingly no problem whatsoever. That's downright scary.
But it gets worse.
The Daily Caller noted that federal investigators "found an additional 117 classified files on a personal hard drive that he kept during an overseas deployment and 28 classified paper documents in a storage unit."
That means he had roughly 300 unbelievably sensitive government documents in his home, which was probably easily accessible to spies or other bad actors.
Though a plea agreement was signed between Birchum and federal prosecutors, which notably happened just a few weeks prior to the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's home for similar purposes, Birchum will face a decade behind bars.
With President Joe Biden facing similar issues, as investigators turned up multiple troves of sensitive information in offices and homes linked to the president, one wonders if he'll face the same consequences.