Another late night document dump by the State Department of Hillary Clinton emails, in keeping with a judges order to fulfill FOIA requests, has shed new light on her time as Secretary of State. Clinton remained a fully informed political animal during her time as the nation’s top diplomat, keeping tabs on the political aspirations of General Petraeus and criticisms aimed by John Podesta at the Obama Administration.
Podesta would later join the Adminstration as a chief advisor and architect of President Obama’s “Pen and Phone” executive action strategy. Petraeus, who had expressed to a journalist that he was seriously considering running for President in 2012, was instead made the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan and later brought down in disgrace after it was revealed that he was having an extra-marital affair with his biographer.
Up to 150 more emails have what is now considered classified material on them, however the State Department was not able to say specifically if those emails had been classified at the time they were sent or received.
“It’s not an exact science,” Toner said in a media briefing, where he described the 150 emails as being “upgraded.” “When we’ve upgraded, we’ve always said that that certainly does not speak to whether it was classified at the time it was sent.”
The latest finding brings the total number of Clinton emails considered to contain classified information to more than 200 when prior batches are included.
The U.S. government forbids transmitting classified information outside secure, government-controlled networks. Clinton, the front-runner to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for next year’s presidential election, has said her use of a private email account connected to a server in her New York home broke no regulations.
She has said she sent no information via email that was classified at the time and received none marked that way.
It has been the contention of many experts in security procedure and protocol that some of what Clinton has sent would have been “born classified”. Emails that contained any information arising from interactions with foreign diplomatic sources or information originating from satellite or electronic surveillance are just a few of the examples which would have fallen under this condition.
Multiple sources are now indicating that emails Clinton sent via her secret private server included intelligence on the movement of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, information that only could have been derived from satellite intelligence.
Allowing sensitive U.S. intelligence about North Korea to seep into a more insecure private email server has upset the intelligence community because it threatens to expose its methods and assets for gathering intelligence on the secretive communist nation.
“While everyone talks about the U.S. being aware of the high threat of hacking and foreign spying, there was a certain nonchalance at Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in protecting sensitive data that alarms the intel community,” one source familiar with the email review told The Times. “We’re supposed to be making it harder, not easier, for our enemies to intercept us.”
Monday’s email release also provided additional fodder for those who say that Clinton co-mingled State Department business with the Clinton Foundation. Emails show Clinton steering Haitian recovery proposals and fundraising from Norway to the Clinton Foundation or the closely related Clinton Global Initiative, among other questionable practices.
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