krugman.blogs.nytimes.com – Gah. Another Clinton email story, this time involving emails covering material that wasn’t classified when sent but is now deemed top-secret — with the Clinton campaign demanding that they be released, presumably to show how innocuous they really were. Max Fisher at Vox suggests that it’s basically a story about the craziness and excesses of the classification system, and my own experience — although deeply out of date — suggests that he’s probably right.
You see, I was in the US government, as a senior staffer at the Council of Economic Advisers, in 1982-1983. No, I wasn’t a Reaganite — it was a sub-political, technocratic position, which I filled because Martin Feldstein, the council’s chairman, wanted the smartest young technocrats he knew. I was the senior international economist; the senior domestic economist was a guy named Larry Summers. What ever happened to him?