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2016-01-30 03:33:26 UTC
that material that should have been marked "Top Secret" has been
found in seven email chains from former secretary of state
Hillary Clinton's private server.
Spokesman John Kirby said the emails, which he described as "22
documents covering 37 pages," would therefore not be released
publicly along with other emails from the Democratic White House
candidate's controversial archive.
The revelation comes three days before Clinton -- the
frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination -- goes
to battle in the Iowa caucus, the first time the public will
cast ballots on the long road to Election Day in November.
"These documents were not marked classified at the time they
were sent," Kirby told a news briefing, explaining that the
mails had been reviewed prior to public release and found to
contain "Top Secret" information.
"We can confirm that later today, as part of our monthly FOIA
productions of former Secretary Clinton's emails, the State
Department will be denying in full seven email chains," he said,
referring to the Freedom of Information Act.
"The documents are being upgraded at the request of the
intelligence community," he added, without naming the spy agency
involved, as is normal practice in official US statements.
Clinton's campaign reacted with fury to the announcement,
demanding that the emails be released in full in order to defuse
a burgeoning scandal that could critically damage her 2016
"This appears to be over-classification run amok. We will pursue
all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a
manner consistent with her call last year," the campaign,
Hillary for America, declared.
'Loudest And Leakiest'
Another 18 emails, from eight email chains, sent between then
secretary Clinton and President Barack Obama will also not be
released as part of the scheduled Friday night document dump.
But Kirby said this was not because these emails contain any
classified information but was instead in order to preserve
Obama's privacy while he remains in office. These emails may be
released after he leaves the White House next year.
"To be clear, the emails between then Secretary Clinton and
President Obama have not been determined to be classified," he
"They are entirely separate and distinct from the emails in
today's release that were upgraded to top secret, secret or
confidential, and I'm not going to speak again to the content of
the email traffic."
In the build-up to Friday's release, several leaks to US media
have suggested that highly secret information had been found on
Clinton's private server, which she used while in office instead
of an official government account.
The revelation of the so-called "homebrew" server was an early
embarrassment for her campaign, but she has long insisted that
no information marked as classified had been put at risk by her
Her campaign returned to this theme in her statement.
"After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic in-
fighting that has too often played out in public view, the
loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute
have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails," it
"This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were
unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called
'innocuous' by certain intelligence officials."