The CriteriaEmployees are awarded security clearance based on classified contract needs and after a lengthy investigation and adjudication process. This process is based on the 13 security clearance guidelines. They are listed below:
The Concern.Sexual behavior that involves a criminal offense, indicates a personality or emotional disorder, reflects lack of judgment or discretion, or which may subject the individual to undue influence or coercion, exploitation, or duress can raise questions about an individual's reliability, trustworthiness and ability to protect classified information. No adverse inference concerning the standards in the Guideline may be raised solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual.
But this isn't always a clearance killer.When adjudicators take a look at the "whole person" concept, there may be some conditions that could mitigate security concerns. These include:
Other implicationsThe fallout is still on going. Some accounts "pretend" or otherwise were made using official government and business email. If these are further investigated, clearances could be suspended for violating Guideline M: Use of Information Technology Systems.
The point is, that just being on the hacked list may not in itself cause the denial or revocation of a security clearance. Cleared people have affairs and maintain their clearances. But problems arise when the affairs are discovered or the individual is susceptible to coercion, exploitation or duress. When these events cannot be mitigated, the of course the person is not trustworthy. However, these will be considered on a case by case basis and with the "whole person" in mind.