Donald Trump’s defenders must be granted two points.
First, the U.S. government overclassifies documents. Anyone in the intelligence community could recall social invitations being sent via work email, lazily emblazoned as top secret by default. I once defended a Marine whistleblower who was accused of mishandling classified information in retaliation by the Marine Corps. I remember the corps’ lawyer claiming an old weather-and-illumination report from Afghanistan was secret, as if the Taliban couldn’t detect rain or the sun’s rising and setting.