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US Secrets Land in All the Wrong Places as Presidents Ignore Honor System

  • Watergate-era law on documents relies on trusting officials
  • Mishandling occurs more often than realized amid records glut
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Classified Papers Found at Pence's Indiana Home
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A Watergate-era honor system for safeguarding top-secret information in the White House clearly isn’t working.

Revelations that Donald Trump, Joe Biden and now Mike Pence have mishandled classified documents expose the pitfalls of trusting presidents and vice presidents to hand over the nation’s secrets appropriately when they leave office.