Hillary Clinton held a press conference Tuesday to address her use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State throughout President Obama’s first-term. Of the approximately 60,000 messages that were relayed on the server, she claimed that only 30,000 were related to the job, while the other half were personal in nature.
So as a result, half of all the emails that she sent or received at the State Department have been deleted. But that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone curious enough to inquire about any of her communications that may be in the public interest, because, according to Mrs. Clinton, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.”
The Information Security Oversight Office’s statistics say that a statement like that may be hard to believe, as 80 million documents in 2013 alone were given “classified” status. In fact, according to the director of the Project on Government Secrecy, if an individual were to have asked for Mrs. Clinton’s State Department emails under the Freedom of Information Act, officials there would have had to determine that they contained no “foreign government information”, in order for them to be released.
Beyond that, the Secretary of State gets to decide which information is classified and which isn’t. Mrs. Clinton truly has full discretion over what emails are released, even if they were sent on one of her aides devices, as she claims most sensitive information was when she traveled. The fact that she used her own server to send messages while at the State office makes it almost impossible to retrieve the emails that were deleted.
A former senior State Department official was skeptical about Mrs. Clinton’s explanations:
“I would assume that more than 50 percent of what the Secretary of State dealt with was classified. Was every single email . . . completely unclassified? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine.”
You’re not the only one. Yet another cloud hangs over the Clinton brand. The question is, how many will it take before it starts to storm?
[AP] [New York Times]