CNN defends Hillary’s nuclear launch time statements with false information

Missile Squadron missile combat crew commander, and her deputy commander simulate key turns of the Minuteman III Weapon System Feb. 9, 2016, in the E-01 Launch Control Center in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Missile Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Wiese)

Many are questioning whether Hillary Clinton released classified information after Wednesday night’s Presidential debate, but CNN came to her defense.

Clinton said, “There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so.”

She made the comment in an attempt to state Trump may not be fit for the quick decision-making required of a commander in chief.

“And that’s why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button,” she said.

CNN’s national security producer,  Jamie Crawford, wrote in defense of Clinton’s statements:

“In the July 2001 report “Minuteman Weapon System History and Description,” authors from Hill Air Force Base in Utah discuss the amount of time needed. The “process of presidential authentication with the Pentagon war room and the formatting of a launch order by the war room prior to its dissemination to the Minuteman firing crews would add another 1 minute or so, for a grand total of 4-5 minutes.”

When Popular Military reviewed the referenced Air Force document, it contained no mention of the “Pentagon war room” or launch times.

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The only mention of the president in the document is the following:

“If an act of aggression occurs and the president authorizes retaliation with the ICBM Force, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) will immediately issue instructions through critical communications systems to selected USSTRATCOM Command Posts (CPs) to launch missiles against specified targets.”

Clinton’s campaign made no effort to source the document CNN provided in Clinton’s defense, stating the “information didn’t come from a classified briefing, pointing to multiple instances when similar information has been disclosed in public or through open source material,” according to CNN.

“We do not disclose operational timelines, but we do work to provide the President as much decision space as possible,” Capt. Brook DeWalt, chief spokesperson for Strategic Command, told CNN in a statement.

While the Clinton campaign made no direct effort to defend Hillary’s statements, CNN provided false information to quell the accusations which only further brings into question their journalistic integrity during an already heated presidential race.

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