TEL AVIV – The New York Times reported Friday that government investigators have discovered classified information on correspondence that went through Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state.
In light of the report, it is instructive to recall that communications from Clinton’s personal email account made public in May by the State Department contained sensitive information regarding the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, as first reported by WND.
Some of the Benghazi correspondence in question, while not officially designated as classified, betrayed the whereabouts of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens while he was stationed in arguably one of the most dangerous zones in the world for any American diplomat.
On Friday, the Times reported the inspectors general of the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies stated unequivocally that the secretive information contained in the emails should not have gone through Clinton’s personal server or beyond secure government computers.
Clinton has maintained for months that no confidential information was stored on the personal server set up at her private house. Her campaign told the Times on Friday that any classified information found in the emails was only classified as such after the fact.
Yet U.S. government investigators now say the information discovered was classified when it was sent – meaning its disclosure could harm national security – and remains classified now.
The investigators did not say whether Clinton personally sent the classified information or the details were sent by others to her email account.
“This classified information never should have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system,” Steve A. Linick, the State Department inspector general, said in a statement also endorsed by I. Charles McCullough III, the U.S. intelligence community’s inspector general.
The investigators would not disclose the contents of the classified information, only divulging it originated from within the U.S. intelligence community.
The classified information discovered in Clinton’s emails could be only the tip of the iceberg. According to the Times, the investigators so far have only searched a small sampling of 40 emails and already those emails contained classified information.
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In May, WND reviewed the small number of Clinton’s personal emails released that month to the public by the State Department.
Written by Aaron Klein
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