The Obama administration slapped a secret designation on a number of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, raising more questions about whether her controversial email arrangement led to classified information being left unsecured.
A new portion of Clinton’s emails, released by the State Department under a court order to impose transparency on the Obama administration, contains dozens of documents with information censored and labeled either “confidential” or “sensitive.”
The Washington Times reported:
The classifications generally appear to have been done on Thursday, a day ahead of the release, which means the information wasn’t necessarily classified at the time Mrs. Clinton was emailing about it — but has now been deemed too sensitive to put out in public.
According to the exemptions cited in the redactions, the data is usually either information obtained from a foreign government or internal foreign policy information from the U.S. government.
For example one July 19, 2009, email from Huma Abedin to “H” — Mrs. Clinton — says “Please pass to S:” and then the body of the message is completely redacted, with both the foreign information and internal foreign policy exemptions cited: “Classified by DAS, A/GIS, DoS on 07/30/2015 — Class: CONFIDENTIAL — Reason: 1/4(B), 1.4(D) — Declassify on:07/19/2019”
Another email, marked “SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED” at the time it was sent in 2009, but now deemed to contain fully classified information, teases information about “two embassy security issues” — but the actual issues are redacted from the document.
The emails posted Friday were the third major release from the cache of more than 30,000 email that Mrs. Clinton turned over to the State Department last year, shedding new light on her official communications that were hidden from Congress and the public for years.
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