More details have emerged about emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, including that there was classified material from five different agencies and among the information were discussions about the situation in Benghazi, in which terrorists attacked a U.S. facility and killed four Americans.
Then the Obama administration dispatched officials to various television programs to claim it was a sudden violent response to an obscure online video.
The new details were released by McClatchy, which found that the Benghazi email was among those released to the public in May by the State Department.
It’s just the latest development in the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s setup that used her own private server, instead of a government computer, for all her emails while she was secretary of state.
She turned over emails to the government after her tenure that she thought appropriate, and deleted those she wanted to delete.
During her campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination to be president, she has over and over denied she got or sent classified information.
That’s even though two inspectors general have said the emails did contain secrets.
Clinton, as a result, has been, according to McClatchy, “caught in a murky dispute between State Department and intelligence officials over whether emails on her server were classified.”
An expert on national security matters, Washington lawyer Bradley Moss, told the news agency, “Even if Secretary Clinton or her aides didn’t run afoul of any criminal provisions, the fact that classified information was identified within the emails is exactly why use of private emails . . . is not supposed to be allowed.”
The report said intelligence officials who reviewed the emails found they had information from five separate intelligence agencies. That’s according to a “congressional official” who has access to information about the issue.
The report said the Benghazi email “contained information from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a spy agency that maps and tracks satellite imagery.”
Other emails with secrets were from the director of National Intelligence and the CIA.
McClatchy said the intelligence community inspector general “looked at a sample of 40 emails, even though a total of 30,000 emails were turned over to the State Department by Clinton.”
Sen. Charles Grassley has written to the FBI expressing concern that Hillary Clinton’s lawyer has possession of a computer thumb drive that may contain information of value to the national security.
He asked FBI chief James Comey to secure it.
WND had reported earlier when the two inspectors general looked at just a sampling of the Hillary Clinton emails.
The finding of classified details appears to undermine the accuracy of her statements from March, when she said, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
Inspectors General I. Charles McCulough III and Steve Linick have said, “Yesterday the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) sent a congressional notification to intelligence oversight committees updating them of the IC IG support to the State Department IG.
“The IC IG found four emails containing classified IC-derived information in a limited sample of 40 emails of the 30,000 emails provided by former Secretary Clinton. The four emails, which have not been released through the State FOIA process, did not contain classification markings and/or dissemination controls. These emails were not retroactively classified by the State Department; rather these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today. This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.
“IC IG made a referral detailing the potential compromise of classified information to security officials within the Executive Branch. The main purpose of the referral was to notify security officials that classified information may exist on at least one private server and thumb drive that are not in the government’s possession. An important distinction is that the IC IG did not make a criminal referral – it was a security referral made for counterintelligence purposes. The IC IG is statutorily required to refer potential compromises of national security information to the appropriate IC security officials.”