If it it wasn’t classified, now it is…..the questions around Hillary Clinton’s emails, sent through a “home brew” email server while she served as Secretary of State, continue.
The Daily Mail reports that Clinton’s former department is set to release a new batch of emails on Monday night, some of which have now been deemed classified:
The State Department said Monday afternoon that when it releases the latest tranche of Hillary Clinton’s emails tonight, ‘somewhere around 150’ of them will have been ‘upgraded to classified’ status.
The emails are expected to be released late Monday. Spokesman for the department Mark Toner briefed reporters in Washington earlier in the day:
Under intense questioning, Toner conceded that the review of about 7,000 pages of emails in the latest batch has uncovered the 150 communications ‘that have been subsequently upgraded classified.’
He emphasized that ‘the information we’ve upgraded was not marked classified at the time the emails were sent.’ But Toner seemed to hedge his bets against future decision-making inside the U.S. Intelligence Community.
‘That’s our estimation right now,’ said Toner.
Clinton has admitted that using a private email account for official government business was not the best choice but maintains it was not only legal but within departmental guidelines. That statement is up for debate and central to the three investigations that are ongoing into her communications while acting as America’s top diplomat. Several media reports have said Clinton not only sent classified but also top secret signals intelligence information across her personal account which was run from her home and routed through a company that kept its servers in a bathroom closet of an apartment in Colorado.
Meanwhile Clinton continues to claim that she never sent any classified information across the private server.