The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Fridaythat Hillary Clinton\’s unsecured home server contained some of the U.S.government\’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with materialdemanding one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comesjust three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in whichClinton is a candidate.
The State Department released the latest batch of emails fromClinton\’s time as secretary of state on Friday evening. But seven email chainsare being withheld in full because they contain information deemed to be”top secret.” The 37 pages include messages recently described by akey intelligence official as concerning so-called “special accessprograms” – a highly restricted subset of classified material that couldpoint to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes or governmenteavesdropping.
Fallon said the process of vetting the emails “has beendominated by bureaucratic infighting” and that the question ofclassification comes down to an “interagency dispute.”
The decision to keep 22 emails secret “flies in the faceof the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, andhave been called \’innocuous\’ by certain intelligence officials..We understand that these emails were likely originated on theState Department\’s unclassified system before they were ever shared withSecretary Clinton, and they have remained on the department\’s unclassifiedsystem for years. And, in at least one case, the emails appear to involveinformation from a published news article.”