Up to 305 Clin­ton emails may have clas­si­fied data


The U.S. State Depart­ment re­view of Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s emails so far has found as many as 305 mes­sages that could con­tain clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion and re­quire fur­ther scru­tiny by fed­eral agen­cies, the depart­ment said Mon­day.

In a court fil­ing that was part of a law­suit against the State Depart­ment, of­fi­cials told a fed­eral judge in Washington they would be able to meet an ex­ist­ing sched­ule to re­lease copies of Clin­ton’s emails be­cause only about 5 per­cent of the mes­sages re­viewed so far con­tain pos­si­ble se­cret in­for­ma­tion that could hold them back for fur­ther anal­y­sis. The agency said those 305 emails with po­ten­tial clas­si­fied data were among more than 1,500 doc­u­ments an­a­lyzed so far.

The fil­ing came af­ter Clin­ton said in an Iowa ra­dio in­ter­view that dur­ing her stint as sec­re­tary of state in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, she had never sent or re­ceived any emails on her pri­vate server that had in­for­ma­tion clearly marked clas­si­fied. Repub­li­can crit­ics have warned that Clin­ton may have com­pro­mised na­tional se­cu­rity by send­ing and re­ceiv­ing mes­sages that con­tained se­cret in­for­ma­tion, but she has sloughed off the crit­i­cism, say­ing she fol­lowed se­cu­rity guide­lines and is the one who made the pre­vi­ously with­held emails avail­able to the Amer­i­can public.

“If I had not asked for my emails all to be made public, none of this would have been in the public arena,” she said in the in­ter­view, recorded last Fri­day. But The As­so­ci­ated Press and other news or­ga­ni­za­tions had sought copies of Clin­ton’s emails un­der the U.S. Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act for years.

The email con­tro­versy has proven a ma­jor dis­trac­tion for Clin­ton as she cam­paigns for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in 2016. Repub­li­cans hope it will cause vot­ers to view her as un­trust­wor­thy. It has also left an open­ing for her ri­vals in the Demo­cratic race, in­clud­ing her main chal­lenger Ver­mont Sen­a­tor Bernie San­ders. If Clin­ton seems vul­ner­a­ble that might lead other can­di­dates such as U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den to en­ter the race.

The AP was first to iden­tify Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server and trace it in March to her fam­ily’s home in New York. The server was sur­ren­dered to the FBI last week, months af­ter Clin­ton said it was her per­sonal prop­erty and wouldn’t be turned over.

Clin­ton said in March that she had ex­changed about 60,000 emails dur­ing her four years in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, about half of which were per­sonal and deleted. She turned over the oth­ers to the State Depart­ment, which is re­view­ing and re­leas­ing them on a monthly ba­sis. Clin­ton cam­paign of­fi­cials did not re­spond Mon­day to an emailed re­quest for com­ment about the court fil­ing about her cor­re­spon­dence.

The State Depart­ment has cen­sored some of Clin­ton’s emails for na­tional se­cu­rity rea­sons be­fore they were pub­licly re­leased. The gov­ern­ment blacked- out all or parts of those mes­sages un­der a pro­vi­sion of the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act in­tended to pro­tect ma­te­rial that had been deemed and prop­erly clas­si­fied for pur­poses of na­tional de­fense or for­eign pol­icy.

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