Some mes­sages on server called “highly sen­si­tive”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Deb Riech­mann

wash­ing­ton» Some of the clas­si­fied e-mails found on for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s home server were even more sen­si­tive than top se­cret, ac­cord­ing to an in­spec­tor gen­eral for the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral Charles I. McCul­lough sent a let­ter to law­mak­ers last Fri­day say­ing that sev­eral dozen ad­di­tional clas­si­fied e-mails have been found, in­clud­ing ones con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion from so-called “spe­cial ac­cess pro­grams.”

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials say spe­cial ac­cess pro­grams have a higher clas­si­fi­ca­tion than top se­cret be­cause they are about highly sen­si­tive pro­grams and could re­veal sources of in­for­ma­tion.

The find­ing was first re­ported Tues­day by Fox News.

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors are prob­ing the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s e-mail setup amid con­cerns that clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion may have passed through the sys­tem.

Clin­ton pro­vided the server to the FBI in Au­gust.

She has said she didn’t send or re­ceive in­for­ma­tion that was clas­si­fied at the time via her per­sonal e-mail ac­count.

McCul­lough sent the let­ter in re­sponse to in­quiries from con­gres­sional com­mit­tees about the clas­si­fi­ca­tion meth­ods used to re­view the Clin­ton e-mails.

In re­spond­ing to the re­quest, McCul­lough said he sought sworn dec­la­ra­tions from those in­volved in re­view­ing the e-mails.

“Th­ese dec­la­ra­tions cover sev­eral dozen emails con­tain­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion de­ter­mined ... to be at the con­fi­den­tial, se­cret and top se­cret/sap lev­els,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, which also was ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The Clin­ton cam­paign did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

The State Depart­ment is un­der court or­der to re­lease the 55,000 e-mails that Clin­ton sub­mit­ted to her for­mer agency that were on her home-brew server and were not per­sonal.

Al­most all have been re­leased, with the last batch ex­pected Jan. 29.

John Kirby, a spokesman for State, said the depart­ment is com­mit­ted to re­leas­ing Clin­ton’s emails in a way that pro­tects sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion.

He said the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­view process is still un­der­way and said once it is com­plete, “if it is de­ter­mined that in­for­ma­tion should be clas­si­fied as top se­cret, we will do so.”

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