Training Briefing Using Clinton, Petraeus as ‘Insider Threats’ Pulled

Screen grab from annual training, via U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments Facebook page (U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments)
Screen grab from annual training, via U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments Facebook page (U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments)

SAN ANTONIO – The Army has removed a training presentation used for 18 months in official security briefings that showed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus as "insider threats," an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The slide was among material used in a presentation for soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri on handling classified information and maintaining operational security, said Lt. Col. Christina Kretchman, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Presentations are commonly prepared by local units for overall Army training requirements, she said, adding "this particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit's leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army."

The presentation was removed Monday after a public affairs officer for the unit at Fort Leonard Wood notified TRADOC officials, Kretchman said, but declined to identify the unit responsible for the presentation.

Also included on the slide: Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009; Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leak classified material to Wikileaks; Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked intelligence gathering techniques to journalists, and Aaron Alexis, a government contractor who killed 12 people at Washington's Navy Yard in 2013.

The slide lists those four in bullet points under the heading "Insiders." A second heading lists "careless or disgruntled employees" that appears to correspond to Clinton and Petraeus.

Clinton is embroiled in an ongoing controversy on the use of a private e-mail server, which held classified messages during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Petraeus, who retired from the Army and was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned after allegations that he provided classified documents to his mistress and biographer. He pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information last year.

TRADOC became aware of the slide after it was posted to the U.S. Army WTF! moments on Facebook, a popular active duty and veteran web page for politically incorrect humor.

The required briefings, known colloquially as "death by Powerpoint" by troops, are routinely given on subjects such as sexual harassment prevention, alcohol abuse and other issues.

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