Will U.S. secrets remain untold?

“Loose lips sink ships” was a familiar warning during World War II days, meaning that simple conversation or written materials could enable enemies of the United States invaluable information they could use to prepare offensive and defensive positions.

Perhaps that should be reiteriated as time comes for the two presidential candidates to be briefed by National Intelligence director James Clapper, a 60-year tradition going back to Harry Truman. Clapper said last week that the briefings “will be fairly general, but classified nonetheless.”

As has been evident in recent months, both candidates have displayed actions and words that should raise concerns on the part of the intelligence community, military brass and the public.

It has often been said that if two people know something, it is not a secret. Back in the late 1930s and into the mid-1940s, U.S. leaders were most concerned about secrets of a military nature attracting enemy agents, and that was long before cell phones, satellites, computers and hackers.

It’s not far-fetched that spies are lurking everywhere to hear secrets of U.S. actions or plans. In the last several days, a spy in the FBI revealed himself and actions.

Supporters of both candidates have expressed strong feelings about the two contenders hearing secret information and how each will handle that information.

Clinton’s handling of emails, personal server, her interpretation of FBI director James Comey’s explanation of his interview with her, the Clinton Foundation and much more, are GOP ammunition.

Trump’s rants on the campaign trail, his invitation for Russia to interfere in American politics and what seem to be off-the-cuff comments concern his detractors.

With past actions, what will be learned from the briefings? Who will know?

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