Army protects Clinton’s reputation by redacting training presentation

The US Army has backtracked on a controversial PowerPoint slide which listed Hillary Clinton and retired General David Petraeus as security threats.

The incident-which was first reported by Popular Military after a photo of the slideshow surfaced on the USAWTFM Facebook Page- has made waves across both media and government channels, forcing a response by the US Army.

According to the Army Times, the duo were featured in a slideshow concerning “insider threats” to national security for over 18 months a Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. However, Army officials have since pulled the slideshow from circulation by the Army Training and Doctrine Command after word got out Clinton and Petraeus’ cameos in the slide show.

“As is common with Army training requirements, the local unit was given latitude to develop their own training products to accomplish the overall training objective,” TRADOC spokesman Major Thomas Campbell said in a statement. “This particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit’s leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army.”

Campbell went on to say that officials had “addressed the issue with our personnel,” though he did not go into specifics on the reach of the slideshow, who made it or if any disciplinary action was taken.

Clinton and Petraeus were featured in a line-up of notorious security leakers, titled “Who is the threat? Insiders,” which listed everything from “careless or disgruntled employees” to mass shooters Aaron Alexis and Nidal Hassan.

According to Campbell, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton first came under public fire for usage of a private server and email address for official business in March of 2015, around the time the presentation was made. However, Clinton was ultimately not charged with a crime, although FBI director James Comey categorized the former Secretary of State’s actions as “extremely careless.”

Petraeus pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information in 2015, long after he retired from the Army and stepped down from his later CIA position in 2012.

The US Army has begun moving away from PowerPoint training in recent years, opting for more “hands on” and “threat-based” instruction.

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