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For more than two years, the Navy's intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He's not allowed to know any secrets.
Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.
Worried that Branch was on the verge of being indicted, Navy leaders suspended his access to classified materials. They did the same to one of his deputies, Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy's director of intelligence operations.
More than 800 days later, neither Branch nor Loveless has been charged. But neither has been cleared, either. Their access to classified information remains blocked.
Branch can't meet with other senior U.S. intelligence leaders to discuss sensitive operations, nor can he hear updates from his staff about secret missions or projects. It can be a chore just to set foot in colleagues' offices; in keeping with regulations, they must conduct a sweep beforehand to make sure any classified documents are locked up.
In July 2013, he was promoted to become a three-star admiral and director of naval intelligence. But he would soon become hamstrung in the job... has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013
originally posted by: Discotech
He's probably still in his job because they have no grounds to fire him, they revoked his clearance but they can't fire him because they can't prove any wrong doings.
originally posted by: amicktd
Meanwhile Hillary still holds her clearance.
originally posted by: vonclod
a reply to: schuyler
Is it they want him to resign?
originally posted by: smurfy
He accepted gifts from the marine company, who was scamming.
The investigation of Branch was considered a non-criminal act, while much of the rest were charged, some senior officers included. just it seems that he was a naughty boy. He won't be getting his clearance back though, and there is a new nominee for his job. So it seems he wasn't endicted at all