At the core of the 2023 federal indictment naming Donald J. Trump and his assistant Walt Nauta lies a cryptic enigma waiting to be unraveled - the lexicon used by the US intelligence community.
The legal document mentions 31 classified documents allegedly stored or lined to the President's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. A variety of codes classify the documents, an alphabet soup ranging from NOFORN (Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals) to SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).
Already confused? Here’s your intelligence glossary to help you decipher the indictment and allegations swirling around Trump and Nauta, including all five levels of US Government Security Clearance (in order from lowest to highest): Confidential, Secret, Top Secret, and above that super-secret SCI & SAP.
CONFIDENTIAL - Access to information that may cause damage to national security if disclosed without authorization.
FISA - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
FORMERLY RESTRICTED DATA (FDR) - Document No. 19 is marked FRD, a classification given to secret information involving the military use of nuclear weapons. Governed by the Atomic Energy Act, the weapons may include nuclear weapon stockpile quantities, nuclear weapon storage and safety, nuclear weapon yields, and nuclear weapon storage locations (past and present).
FVEY - Five Eyes intelligence alliance consisting of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the US.
HCS-P - Human Control System is intelligence acquired from a human source. The '-P' stands for Product - a raw, not finally evaluated intelligence report.
NARA - National Archives and Records Administration.
NODIS - No Distribution means the intelligence can only be read by a named individual or by selected positions.
NOFORN - The document can’t be shared with foreigners.
ODNI - Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
ORCON - Originator Control means that the US agency that produced the document must give approval before it is shared with any other US government agency.