Are All Those Classified Documents a Threat?

Mike Weisser
4 min readFeb 22, 2024

Now that Trump’s trial for the charges brought against him for taking all those classified documents home is coming up, we’re beginning to get lots of Fake News noise about the threats to ‘national security’ which are involved. Because after all, we have fried a couple of people — Ethel and Julius Rosenberg — for handing over secrets to the other side, and there have also been a couple of guys spending their lives in the Colorado Super-Max for doing the same thing.

But in Trump’s case, we’re not talking about a few classified documents that were dropped off in some garbage can in Rock Creek Park. We’re talking about hundreds, maybe thousands of top-secret materials that Trump could sell to our adversaries because he’s broke and needs the cash to pay his legal bills.

Here’s the latest warning about how all those classified documents lying around in the homes of Trump, Biden and other former or current government employees constitutes a grave threat, an op-ed for CNN produced by a guy who “conducted and supervised criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations and operations for the Department of Defense, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Homeland Security.”

And here’s what this expert has to say when it comes to whether we might be looking at a serious problem which could create God knows how much damage to national security: “When classified information fails to be safeguarded, including retaining documents in a home office or garage such as Biden did or a bathroom such as Trump did, national security can be jeopardized in several ways.”

This statement assumes that the documents in question actually contain information which if transferred or sold to another country, would actually make us vulnerable to an attack or a threat from somewhere else.

But such an assumption implies that the process of deciding that a particular piece of information is ‘classified’ and therefore needs to be kept under strict lock and key is a process which somehow reflects the military or strategic value of the information involved. And that assumption happens not to be true.

Back in the 1980’s, when we were still fighting something known as the Cold War, I was the Security Clearance Officer at…