Now that they’re official nominees, Trump and Clinton are eligible to receive a closed-door rundown from U.S. intelligence officials about global risks and domestic security threats.
But Democrats have warned that Trump would be a loose cannon with the nation’s top secret material.
And Republicans have said that Clinton’s “extremely careless” track record with classified emails shows she can’t be trusted with the material either.
Intelligence experts say the stakes aren’t that high.
“I think there is some alarmism,” says Michael Morell, who led the Central Intelligence Agency at various points in the Obama administration and has participated in briefing candidates. “There’s not a tremendous amount of extremely sensitive stuff here. These are analytic judgments.”
The point of the briefings is to affect what candidates do and don’t say on the stump to avoid making global hot spots worse, according to people familiar with their content.