Re: Interesting downplaying there
'Classified as "secret".'
'They're ignoring it because it's not bad."
Keeping it in perspective, here's a nice way of saying what the different classifications might mean:
for official use only: potentially embarassing
confidential: disclosure could compromise security or military advantage
secret: disclosure could GET SOMEONE KILLED [or worse]
top secret: disclosure could START A WAR [or worse] or cause the U.S. to LOSE a war
(and there are higher levels but I don't know what they are)
most of the interpretation of what each level means is just my opinion, but I was in the military back in the day, and I had access to classified material as part of what I did (nuclear reactor operator on a submarine). The location of a submarine is considered 'secret' and there was actual top secret equipment on the boat. Other things, like whether or not nuclear weapons are on board, are also 'secret'. The propulsion plant and mechanical details were 'confidential', and at the Nuclear Power school in Orlando, Florida, we had to stamp all of our notes and keep them locked up when not in class or studying.
Anyway, in case nobody understood what 'secret' really means: In short, disclosing 'secret' information (or higher classification) can EASILY get people *KILLED*.
You know, like the TERRORIST ATTACK at Ben Ghazi a few years ago...