Submitted by a Veteran Trump Supporter:
First of all, I can hardly believe that anything in the “FISA Memo” was actually classified, much less “Top Secret”. When you produce intelligence documents or classify documents in general, you do not classify everything in a document at the same level – a popular misconception. Every line, bullet point, paragraph, slide, picture, etc. can have its own individual classification. They can be Top Secret, Secret, or Unclassified.
For example, you could have a document reporting everything and all documents that China’s President interacted with during a weekend trip. If we had a spy with access to their President and those documents – everything they reported would likely be “Top Secret”. This is because if China new we knew these types of information they would realize we had a source near their President – not good. However, much of that weekend trip may be reported in China’s media or international media and therefore may very well be listed in the document as “Unclassified”. This is due because if it got out that the US Government knew this information, it is not harmful to the US . . . It is perfectly okay for the US Government to read media reports about foreign governments.
There are actual general descriptions for the levels of classifications if they happened to be compromised:
Top Secret – Cause grave damage to the United States
Secret – Cause serious damage to the United States
Nothing in this “FISA Memo” can cause grave or serious damage to the United States. A couple of lies out there are totally off base.
Lie 1: It compromised the FBI source, Christopher Steele.
Truth: The memo itself states this is not true. Christopher Steele revealed this to the world on 30 October 2016 in a media interview.
Lie 2: Sources and Methods of Intelligence Collection are compromised.
Truth: There is nothing even remotely discussing sources and methods of intelligence collecting in the memo. If you don’t believe – read it yourself.
At most, the “FISA Memo” caused embarrassment to the United States. However, if you think about the fact that the release was fought by the FBI, DOJ, and Democrats you could see something interesting. This memo could cause grave damage to the high ranking government official who manipulated the system to spy on an American. It could cause serious damage to the Democratic party describing collusion between the Clinton Campaign and parts of the US Intelligence Community. Lastly, if more information comes out that President Obama was involved and it is a large Democratic conspiracy it would cause grave damage to the Democratic party. Maybe these are the reasons everything was classified “Top Secret”?