How the White House Stores Documents | WSJ

How the White House Stores Documents | WSJ


– [Narrator] When a
president does anything, like, make a simple phone call, the Presidential Records Act
says it has to be recorded. Twitter DMs, sticky notes and all. Kelly Magsamen is a former National
Security Council official under both Presidents Bush and Obama. During her experience in the White House, every call by the president
included an involved process to keep all of this
information in the right place. – There are basically three
main systems that NSC staff use. First is the unclassified system, which we like to refer to as the low side. There is a secret system
which we call sipper, which is used essentially to communicate with State Department and Pentagon, people outside of the
National Security Council. And then there’s the top secret system that is used on day-to-day
basis by most of the NSC staff. And then there’s a separate, which you’re seeing in the press, codeword system and server
that is completely distinct, that most NSC staff have no access to, physical or otherwise. – [Narrator] In the
context of President Trump and his phone call with
the President of Ukraine, this is the important
detail to pay attention to. There are three normal and secure systems for most information. But one, as Magsamen described, Mission Impossible-level,
codeword-only system. Wall Street Journal reporting shows that system is where the rough transcript of this phone call ended up. And both former White House
and NSC officials are concerned that misclassification was used as a way to hide politically damaging information, and not national security information. The White House says that
they’re still grappling with the implications of the complaint. – The way that these
call memorandums work is every single sentence or paragraph carries a classification based
on whatever’s in it. So, when the President
picks up the phone and says, “Hi Vladimir, how are you doing today?” That’d be unclassified, ’cause it’s not containing
any classified information. Then the next paragraph could be something that’s at the confidential level, so for example, “Hi Vladimir, I wanted to get your opinion “on our latest trade agreement.” Even on a secret level,
secret is usually things that are highly sensitive, maybe you’re in the
middle of a negotiation, maybe there’s potential
discussion of military operations. Most presidential calls are classified at most really around the secret level. – [Narrator] From the
moment the President picks up the phone, to all of those
classifications being made, there are usually at least
three people listening in, transcribing everything they hear. Sometimes, NSC subject matter
experts are on the call too, like the NSC Director for
that particular country. They make up a unified draft that’s reviewed by officials
in the NSC Directorate and the White House Situation Room to refine, review for substance, classify and even just to spell check. It goes to the National
Security Advisor’s office for a final review and sign off, and after that it’s off to the Executive Secretary of
the National Security Council to be distributed to whomever is cleared and needs that information. – If the President of the
United States were discussing top secret codeword information
with a foreign leader, whoever is transcribing the
notes would not be transcribing it on a normal system, because codeword is our
tippy top, most secret intelligence programs. Very unlikely, if not impossible, that the President of the
United States is discussing codeword information with
a foreign counterpart. So to begin with, this is not
normal, it wouldn’t happen. But if he had been, it would’ve been on a
completely different system, and the people who are able to handle that information would have
to have special clearances. – [Narrator] Special clearances to just that one program being discussed. That system is so secure that
even if someone gets access, and is read into hypothetical
codeword alpha material, it doesn’t mean that they can
simply access other material about hypothetical codeword
beta on the same system. codeword clearance is as close
to total information lockdown as you can get. So if phone calls by the
President are classified at best, where in the process
did the Ukraine call go from being placed on the regular systems to the Mission Impossible-level
codeword systems? – I suspect that it was
treated as a normal call, the White House Situation
Room clearly produced the transcript, several people in the
NSC staff had a chance to review that transcript, so my guess is that the decision was made to put in on a codeword server at the National Security Advisor’s level, potentially the NSC Chief of Staff, kind of at the third rung of the process, and then that information was transferred to a codeword server. But that information was not codeword. – [Narrator] The White House
did not respond to comment on when the material was
put on the codeword server, but says that the justification
was to avoid more leaks. – The American public
has to have confidence in their national security
system and process. And there have been times in history where that trust has been broken. We saw this in the Iran-Contra affair where there was obfuscation of material, hiding of material from the
American public, lying about it. These classifications exist to protect, intelligence sources and methods are our biggest crown jewels, they are not meant to
protect political wrongdoing, corruption and certainly not meant to protect criminal activity. (dramatic music)

65 thoughts on “How the White House Stores Documents | WSJ

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  2. Where was all this interest in records and calls while Biden's son, who has NO expertise in natural resources, was being paid off by Ukraine gas companies under the cover of a "consultant"….?

  3. Yes they released the transcripts….and no “secret” leaked. She even states there were no code words.
    Why is this stupidity even entertained?

  4. So where are the whistleblower complain people positioned ? There are two so far. Are they the ones who listened or the ones who reviewed ?

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  7. good thing Hillary isn't president… that stuff would have been stored on her personal server and dumped when questioned lol

  8. I have absolutely no confidence in the United States Government doing anything right. We need to remove them all and start fresh. The Constitution is more of a maybe we follow it insead of the Law.

  9. It should be all at Trump's discretion, not interfering with his decision-making judgment is or paramount importance here.

  10. One of the more complex Vox videos I would say, there's just a little bit too many jargons but I guess that's unavoidable.

  11. Haha! You people are relentless and stay ridiculously stupid. You lie so much no one believes any of you anymore. The damaging information is Biden's corruption. Keep hiding it, you would be complicit to his crimes when he goes down. MSM=Nazi propaganda

  12. documents are not kept in any order. that way thief will never know where to look and will forget what document was to be stolen

  13. So we send hunt or mi6 agents to recover the documents. even better Rudy Guliani might have it on his phone ☎️

  14. 765 Isis escape,.. How many US soldiers and soldiers from other countries died to capture Isis members, was there died for nothing now they can escape?

  15. So in short, you can pay any of those people to choose a call from the president, transcribe it however you like and then release it to the press in order to create a political smoke? Good job Americans.

  16. well thanks Wall Street Journal for now telling us…that the United States Government…has now discontinued the CODEWORD program and is now using something else….or you wouldnt have come out and told everyone "The Most Secret Program The President Uses".

  17. The issue is grueling. The complications for the political leaders great. The impact is certainly massive. The worrying matter is: one side is trying it's best to hide the information.
    Making informed decisions is one the most important things 𝘞𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 of the 21st century must do.
    Who is at fault?; Trump or Biden. Let the evidence roll. Let the judgement begin. Who the criminal is shall then, be clear.

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  19. It would have been nice to know what Codeword Alpha and Codeword Beta mean in the context of computer server coding, but hey… they need to keep something secret, right?

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