A response to Mark Kirk
Mark Kirk has served our nation in the U.S. Navy for two decades and has done so honorably. The fact is, Congressman Kirk never violated Defense Department policies. He has misspoken about his record, acknowledged it and apologized. Mark Kirk left for Afghanistan and he did not engage in political activities - even in the face of radio commercials accusing him of being gay. The memorandum in question is simply off the mark. Furthermore, this raises grave concerns and questions about who gained access to Kirk’s confidential records. The document in question should be viewed for what it is - a baseless political ploy by partisans bent on defending a U.S. Senate seat at any cost.The memo was sent to me from someone who received it from inside Kirk's own camp. Suggesting it came from administration officials or political operatives is baseless. I have backed up every single statement I've made about Mark Kirk, but he has chosen to respond to substantive and substantiated claims I have made with unsupported accusations. I'm not a political operative. I'm a pissed off vet who hates fakers and, as I and others have extensively documented, Mark Kirk is a liar.
Going forward, we will be submitting a Freedom of Information Act request for all correspondence between Administration officials and Democratic campaigns or political operatives regarding Mr. Kirk’s personal military records. We will not stand by and allow partisan attacks invalidate two decades of military service, both here and overseas.
If Kirk's campaign wants to accuse me of colluding with someone in his opponent's campaign or in the administration, he better bring some proof. The truth is Kirk has a leaky campaign.
Surprising for an intelligence officer, no?
Also, it would seem an intelligence officer would understand the term "confidential" is an official DoD classification level meaning "material (that) would cause 'damage' or be 'prejudicial' to national security if publicly available." The document is not marked CONFIDENTIAL and, if this were a confidential document, then Kirk himself, by emailing it to unsecure email accounts, would have violated Department of Defense security policy and should lose his security clearance.
As for the substance of the memo's claim itself, Kirk should take that up with the Under Secretary of Defense who wrote the memo. Unlike him I don't make up stories about his military service. I only report them.
Update: The heart of Kirk's statement above, that "Kirk never violated Defense Department policies," has been proven to be a lie.