“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails. Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.” – Clinton campaign [Associated Press]
IN WASHINGTON, we call this “taking out the trash,” dumping news when no one is looking, late Friday. Two days before the Iowa caucuses you can bet this will get a lot of attention.
To remind everyone, the classification of “top secret” was marked so after the fact.
Tough stuff for team Clinton who is pushing back. Brian Fallon stated on MSNBC that he believes this is happening at the “behest of other agencies in the government who have hijacked the process.”
The worst part of it is that it hits the core of her candidacy, the strengths Hillary Clinton brings to her campaign through national security and foreign policy, but also the weaknesses she has in the polls on honest and trustworthy.
The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails with material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.
Department officials also said the agency’s Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus will investigate whether any of the information was classified at the time of transmission, going to the heart of one of Clinton’s primary defenses of her email practices.
The State Department will release its next batch of emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state later Friday.
But The Associated Press learned seven email chains are being withheld in full from the Friday release because they contain information deemed to be “top secret.” The 37 pages include messages recently described by a key intelligence official as concerning so-called “special access programs” — a highly restricted subset of classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes or government eavesdropping.