Hillary Clinton has one truly remarkable achievement to her credit. In four years as Secretary of State she neither received nor sent nor discussed nor communicated via email a single bit of classified information.
Revelations about the emails have put Clinton in the crosshairs of a broadening inquiry into whether she or her aides mishandled classified information when she used a private server set up at her New York home to conduct official State Department business.
While campaigning for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has repeatedly denied she ever sent or received classified information. Two inspectors general have indicated that five emails they have reviewed were not marked classified at the time they were stored on her private server but that the contents were in fact “secret.”
The email issue, however, has distracted from Clinton’s campaign for days and already has hurt her in public opinion polls. Besieged with questions, she has found herself caught in a murky dispute between State Department and intelligence officials over whether emails on her server were classified.
According to her, anyway. One wonders- what the hell did she do for all that time other than trade favors for cash donations to the Clinton Foundation?
Meanwhile the number of Hillary Clinton emails flagged for containing classified materials has increased by 60:
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.
That figure is current through the end of July and is likely to grow as officials wade through a total of 30,000 work-related emails that passed through her personal email server, officials said. The process is expected to take months.
The 60 emails are among those that have been reviewed and cleared for release under the Freedom of Information Act as part of a open-records lawsuit. Some of the emails have multiple redactions for classified information.
Among the first 60 flagged emails, nearly all contained classified secrets at the lowest level of “confidential” and one contained information at the intermediate level of “secret,” officials told the Times.
These do not include two of Clinton’s emails containing “top secret” information. The emails that Clinton denies are classified come from five different intelligence agencies:
WASHINGTON — The classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks, McClatchy has learned.
Of the five classified emails, the one known to be connected to Benghazi was among 296 emails made public in May by the State Department. Intelligence community officials have determined it was improperly released.
Clinton claims to accept classified material only by “phone, videoconference, on paper or in person.”
So all those times you see her on her blackberry she was planning a wedding or a yoga routine. Things that need to be erased over and over. And over.
Recently, Clinton’s story “evolved” again:
“First, none of the emails alleged to contain classified information were written by Secretary Clinton.” (Emphasis added.)
For now, the State Department is covering for her:
The State Department is taking the line of Hillary Clinton’s that material in her personal email server was not classified at the time, and State is not accepting the intelligence inspector general’s determination that some information was top secret.
“None of them were classified at the time,” Mark C. Toner, State’s deputy spokesman, told reporters this week.
Likely to save some of their own backsides. It is proven that Clinton has lied about her emails, much as she lied about Benghazi. Classified information, such as satellite data and drone operations, magically appear in her emails and she seems to lack the mental firepower to recognize it.
We are left to choose whether Hillary Clinton is an incompetent moron or a liar of Biblical proportions.
And I’ll say it again. In 2007 Hillary Clinton said that having secret email accounts was “shredding the Constitution” and in 2009 sent a personal cable “warning employees to ‘avoid conducting official department business from your personal e-mail accounts.” But then Bill Clinton did say that the Clintons got to operate under their own set of rules.
UPDATE: We’re up to 300 possible classified emails