Part of 275mes­sages in monthly batch clas­si­fied

One ex­change­with an ad­viser shows dis­may over the 2010 elec­tion.

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wash­ing­ton » The State Depart­ment said Thurs­day that por­tions of 275 e- mails re­leased onNew Year’s Eve from Hil­lary Clin­ton’s time as sec­re­tary of state have been newly clas­si­fied, bring­ing 2015 to a close for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial front- run­ner.

Clin­ton has said she didn’t send or re­ceive in­for­ma­tion that was clas­si­fied at the time via her per­sonal email ac­count, which was run on a pri­vate server at her New York home. Repub­li­cans have re­peat­edly ques­tioned­whether her use of a pri­vate e- mail sys­tem put sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion at risk.

In all, the State Depart­ment said 1,274 of Clin­ton’s e- mails have been retroac­tively clas­si­fied since the depart­ment started re­view­ing them for pub­lic release.

Two e- mails re­leased Thurs­day were des­ig­nated “se­cret,” the sec­ond­high­est level of clas­si­fi­ca­tion, which ap­plies to in­for­ma­tion that could cause se­ri­ous dam­age to na­tional se­cu­rity if re­leased. Most of the e- mails were clas­si­fied “confidential,” which is the low­est level of clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Themes­sageswere part of a batch of about 5,500 pages of Clin­ton emails re­leased on the fi­nal day of 2015.

From the lat­est batch:

• Clin­ton and one of her clos­est aides, Jake Sul­li­van, had an ex­change in Septem­ber 2010 that showed con­sid­er­able con­fu­sion over her e- mail prac­tices.

“I’m never sure which of my emails you re­ceive, so pls let­meknow if you re­ceive this one and on which ad­dress you did,” she wrote to Sul­li­van on a Sun­day morn­ing.

A few hours later Sul­li­van re­sponded: “I have just re­ceived this email on my per­sonal ac­count, which I check much less fre­quently thanmy StateDepart­ment ac­count. I have not re­ceived any emails from you on my State ac­count in re­cent days .... Some­thing is very wrong with the con­nec­tion there.”

Sul­li­van added, “I sup­pose a neart­erm fix is to just send mes­sages to this ac­count— my per­sonal ac­count — and Iwill check it more fre­quently.”• Pol­i­tics was never far from Clin­ton’s mind at the State Depart­ment. In Septem­ber 2010, as Repub­li­cans threat­ened to take the ma­jor­ity in the House, Clin­ton told for­mer pol­icy ad­viser Neera Tan­den, pres­i­dent of the left- lean­ing think tankCen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, “I con­fess I’m be­wil­dered at how poorly the Dems are do­ing in driv­ing anymes­sage and putting the Rs on the de­fen­sive.”

“Do you and CAP have any ideas as to how to change the dy­namic — be­fore it’s too late?” Clin­ton asked. Los­ing the House would, she wrote, “be a dis­as­ter in ev­ery way.”

Repub­li­cans seized con­trol of the House in the 2010 midterm elec­tions in­what Pres­i­dent Barack Obama later called a “shel­lack­ing.”

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