Report: Clinton Herself Wrote And Sent Classified Emails On Private Server

Rachel Stoltzfoos | Managing Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation

Newly released emails show Hillary Clinton wrote and sent emails containing highly classified information on her private server while secretary of state, directly contradicting her claim she didn’t handle classified information with her personal account.

Classification authorities were previously unaware of the emails, since Clinton was sending and receiving them on an off-the-books server. But given the chance to review the emails, they determined scores of them contained classified information at the time they were sent.

But many of the newly released emails are marked classified from the date Clinton sent them, as opposed to the date they were reviewed by classification authorities, a Federalist analysis of the email dump found.

What determines whether an email is classified under federal law is not how it’s marked, but whether it actually contains classified information. And in some cases, the State Department redacted entire emails written and sent by Clinton that were released in the dump, citing national security concerns.

So Clinton was not the unwitting recipient of unmarked classified information, but also originated material that is by nature considered classified. Some have been deemed “confidential” — a classficiation level applied to information that if disclosed “reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security.”

Clinton distributed some of this highly classified information to private citizens without a security clearance — on a private and unsecured server.

Clinton has tried to fend off criticism by saying she didn’t send or receive emails that were marked classified at the time. “Hillary didn’t send any classified materials over email,” her spokeswoman said in a recent email to supporters. “Hillary only used her personal account for unclassified email.”

 

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