The New York Times reported Monday night that a second IG review of Hillary Clinton’s unusual email arrangement found that top-secret emails were indeed sent to to her personal account while she was secretary of State. This news comes on the same day Clinton told supporters on the campaign trail that she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server, because “what I did was allowed.”
A special intelligence review conducted by both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency found that of the small sample of emails that were given to the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to examine, two were classified as top secret.
Those two emails were found among a mere 40 emails that were provided to the IC IG. There are over 60,000 Clinton emails in all, half of which were deemed by to be “personal” by the candidate and deleted.
Via the New York Times:
A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said.
Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and the State Department disputed the inspector general’s finding last month and questioned whether the emails had been overclassified by an arbitrary process. But the special review — by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — concluded that the emails were “Top Secret,” the highest classification of government intelligence, when they were sent to Mrs. Clinton in 2009 and 2011.
The Clinton campaign disagreed with the conclusion of the intelligence review, and repeated their argument that agencies within the government often have different opinions on what should be considered classified.
One of the emails in question is said to contain highly sensitive spy satellite information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear weapons. According to intel sources, that email somehow made its way from a secure government SCIF to Hillary Clinton’s personal email account.
Intel sources say that such geospatial information is considered “above top secret imagery,” which leads to the question: how did classified information from a secure network make it to her unclassified network?
Having classified information outside a secure government network is highly illegal.
Out on the campaign trail in Iowa Monday, Clinton was obstinately unapologetic.
During a one-on-one interview with the AP, she was asked why she won’t directly apologize.
Clinton said: “What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that.
“I did not send or receive any information marked classified,” Clinton said. “I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.”
Clinton was trained in the proper handling of classified information by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security when she came into office in 2009. She should have been able to recognize what was classified information and what was not, regardless of the markings.
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