No clas­si­fied emails, Clin­ton main­tains

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - WORLD - By Cather­ine Lucey

WIN­TER­SET, Iowa — Lead­ing Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said Satur­day she never know­ingly sent or re­ceived clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion us­ing her pri­vate email server and did not know what mes­sages were be­ing cited by in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tors as ex­am­ples of emails con­tain­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

Clin­ton spoke briefly af­ter re­porters raised the topic dur­ing a brief news con­fer­ence.

“I am con­fi­dent that I never sent or re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion that was clas­si­fied at the time it was sent and re­ceived. What I think you’re see­ing here is a very typ­i­cal kind of dis­cus­sion, to some ex­tent dis­agree­ment among var­i­ous parts of the gov­ern­ment, over what should or should not be pub­licly re­leased,” she said.

Clin­ton said she wanted the in­for­ma­tion in ques­tion to be made public as soon as pos­si­ble.

In­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tors told the Jus­tice Depart­ment in a let­ter this week se­cret gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion may have been com­pro­mised in the un­se­cured sys­tem she used at her New York home dur­ing her ten­ure as sec­re­tary of state.

Asked if the Jus­tice Depart­ment should in­ves­ti­gate, Clin­ton said: “They can fight over it or ar­gue over it. That’s up to them. I can tell you what the facts are.”

In ad­di­tion to alert­ing the Jus­tice Depart­ment to the po­ten­tial com­pro­mise of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, the in­spec­tor gen­eral of the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity sent a memo to mem­bers of Congress in­di­cat­ing “po­ten­tially hun­dreds of clas­si­fied emails” were among the 30,000 that Clin­ton had pro­vided to the State Depart­ment.

The of­fice said it also raised that con­cern with FBI coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials and was rec­om­mend­ing changes in how the emails are be­ing re­viewed and pro­cessed for public re­lease. The State Depart­ment is re­view­ing 55,000 pages of emails with the goal of re­leas­ing all of them by Jan. 29.

The in­tel­li­gence in­spec­tor gen­eral, I. Charles McCullough, and his coun­ter­part at the State Depart­ment, Steve Linick, said McCullough’s of­fice found four emails con­tain­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion in a lim­ited sam­ple of 40 emails.

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