Secret documents have been leaking out of government offices for so long no one knows when the problem first started.
Former lawmakers and scholars pin the problem on the government's system for labeling and tracking classified documents.
There's a consensus among lawmakers (believe it or not) that there is a "systemic failure" in keeping track of classified documents after tenures ended.
Recently revelations that Trump, Biden, and Pence all had classified documents at their homes has shaken Washington DC to the core.
One reason is the fact that the National Archives and other agencies involved in transporting documents are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of classified documents... that didn't necessarily need classifying.
"You have 50 million classification decisions each year - 90% of which are probably unnecessary. That's a lot of rules that have to be complied with every hour of the day. And someone is going to slip," Elizabeth Goitein, a national security law expert at the Brennan Center for Justice recently told reporters.
Basically after 9/11 every lawmaker in Congress wanted every bit of their correspondence to be classified. I wouldn't be surprised if some lunch menus were classified by overzealous parties.
There appears to be a common conclusion that the chain of custody was sloppy about returning classified documents.
What makes this whole mess scary is the thought of how many classified documents are ending up in a foreign enemy's procession? It's obviously a national security issue that has to be addressed immediately.
As it stands, what we have here is a failure to communicate!