The State Department lawyers did not specify the nature of the emails nor did they say specifically that they may be secret in nature, only that the intelligence community reviewers have “recommended 305 documents – approximately 5.1% – for referral to their agencies for consultation”, the document said.
As each new day brings to light another aspect of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s alleged email shenanigans, during Sunday morning’s cavalcade of news shows a story that was reported and analyzed was Mrs. Clinton’s entrusting her email server, that allegedly contained classified emails, to an IT firm that was never vetted or cleared to access or handle classified materials.
These numbers don’t bode well for Clinton, as she is already trailing three Republican rivals in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia according to a Quinnipiac general election poll from late July. Clinton had been out of office almost two years when she finally provided the emails. And then they wiped her server clean, deleting tens of thousands of other messages.
The State Department is effectively telling the court that it has to take Clinton, Abedin, and Mills on faith when they say they’ve handed over all of the records that were requested.
Now, with investigations into her emails landing smack-dab in the middle of her presidential run, it’s Clinton’s turn to fret about IT indiscretions impacting her career ambitions.
The State Department has censored some of Clinton’s emails for national security reasons before they were publicly released.
The government forbids the sending of classified information outside unsecured networks because it could harm national security if intercepted.
A former member of U.S. Army intelligence, Jacob Schaeffer, believes the fact that it appears Clinton only recently had her private server scrubbed and therefore for about two years classified information was unprotected. It’s generally not possible to forward or cut-and-paste an email marked classified to a private account because classified email systems are closed to outsiders.
Nate Jones said U.S. intelligence agencies routinely over-classify.
[Read the State Department’s court filing.].
Some of those emails were sent by Clinton herself, including one she sent in November 2009 to her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal, about former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson.
“It is likely that additional delay above and beyond that added by independent review” by five intelligence agencies “will result”, Leopold’s lawyers warned. Those 60 emails did not include two emails discovered by the intelligence community’s inspector general, Charles McCullough III, which allegedly contained information classified as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information, the government’s highest levels of classification. “I suspect some will, and I suspect some won’t”. The numbers of emails, Kirby stressed, represent a “small amount”. In this case, since Abedin is under scrutiny for a suspicious arrangement in which conflict-of-interest laws were waived so she could do private work for a company that could benefit from State Department connections, the idea that she should be trusted implicitly to provide every email the court needs to see is preposterous.