In a stunning admission last week, the Obama administration confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s home server contained top secret, closely guarded government secrets – emails that required the highest levels of classification to view.
This news comes as no surprise to many but the timing couldn’t be worse for Clinton as she begins to compete in the Iowa presidential caucuses.
According to Associated Press:
State Department officials also said the agency’s Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus are investigating if any of the information was classified at the time of transmission, going to the heart of Clinton’s defense of her email practices.
The department published its latest batch of emails from her time as secretary of state Friday evening…
…seven email chains would be withheld in full for containing “top secret” information. The 37 pages include messages a key intelligence official recently said concerned “special access programs” -highly restricted, classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, insists she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time. No emails released so far were marked classified, but reviewers previously designated more than 1,000 messages at lower classification levels. Friday’s will be the first at top secret level.
Even if Clinton didn’t write or forward the messages, she still would have been required to report any classification slippages she recognized in emails she received. But without classification markings, that may have been difficult, especially if the information was publicly available.
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