Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen informed the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday that only 20 of 150 state and local election officials have the security clearances they need to receive election security intelligence, Axios reports. Officials require this clearance to receive crucial information from the department on how best to decrease election infrastructure vulnerabilities ahead of Russian interference in the upcoming congressional midterm elections. Nielsen said that the department will sponsor a maximum of three officials per state to receive the sensitive clearance, and said her department will work through the interagency process to bypass the security clearance process and share urgent intelligence with local officials if needed.
(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)
How useful is security intelligence if the primary audience by and large isn’t allowed to read it?