LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Another politician is facing scrutiny as reported classified documents were found in the Indiana home of Former Vice President Mike Pence.

This is now the third in the hot seat, along with Former President Donald Trump, and President Joe Biden who also allegedly had classified documents in their personal homes.

According to Virginia Military Institue:

“Doug Humphries retired from 30 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served mainly in analysis and analytic management positions with regional focus on the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans and functional specialties in military and security affairs. He also served tours in the Directorate of Operations, the Office of Policy Support, and the Counterterrorism Center, as well as external rotations to the Departments of State and Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition, he retired from 30 years combined active and reserve duty with the US Army, serving mainly as an Infantry officer with joint special operations elements, including in overseas tours and war zone deployments. 

Dr. Humphries holds a DLS in Interdisciplinary Humanities and International Affairs from Georgetown University, as well as an MA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He has taught courses or guest lectured on international affairs, national security, intelligence, and military history at National Defense University, Columbia University, and American University as well as, in retirement, at VMI, Southern Virginia University, and Washington & Lee University.

Virginia Military Institute

Being qualified to comment on the matter, Humphries says these document discoveries aren’t a shock, for a couple of reasons.

He started with the classification system.

“At the very start of the paragraph, it will be in parentheses u-unclassified, c-confidential, s-secret, ts-top secret,” said Humphries.

Those classes are broken down based on the damage that could be done to national security if that information was leaked.

Humphries explains it’s unclear what classification level was on any of the documents that have been recovered.

Also, not everything that starts out classified stays that way.

Even paper copies don’t update themselves, which is why Humphries says age may also play a role.

“Dealing with people of a certain generation, mine included, like the vice president, like the former vice president, they like the touch of paper,” said Humphries.

He tells people to remember, iPad options didn’t exist until Barack Obama was in office, but even after they did, classified documents are still analog.

Humphries even offered up an example of how things can get left behind.

“When you are the secretary of state, you are given information that is even pre-classified. Well, we need to get that before the secretary right now. Well, you know she’s home and she’s eating dinner at her house because she has a life. Then later, if we are going to issue that as a report from the department, it needs to be given a confidential classification. Oh good, and then it goes out, and oh my gosh!” said Humphries.

It’s important to clarify, although Humphries says this stuff does happen, he believes people should be making sure these documents get back into their proper place or at least get marked unclassified after a certain amount of years.