The latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s work-related personal emails released by the State Department provides at least 125 examples of the former Secretary of State and her staff mishandling classified information. The emails further confirm that virtually everything Clinton has told Americans about her unprecedented email arrangement is absolutely, categorically false.
The Washington Post reports that “While she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified information …. appear[ing] to contradict earlier public statements in which she denied sending or receiving e-mails containing classified information.”
Reuters reports that it has found 87 Clinton email threads “that the State Department has marked to show they include information shared in confidence by foreign government officials, from prime ministers to spy chiefs.” The report explains:
U.S. government regulations examined by Reuters say this sort of information, whether written or spoken, must be classified from the start, and handled through secure, government-controlled channels. … This is the only kind of information that presidential executive orders say is "presumed" to likely harm national security if wrongly disclosed. State Department regulations describe it as the "most important category of national security information" its officials encounter. If the State Department's markings are correct, it appears that Clinton and her senior staff routinely did not follow the regulations in the department's Foreign Affairs Manual, which tells employees they "must" safeguard foreign government information by treating it as classified.
The FBI continues to investigate this serious breach of national security, including "whether foreign intelligence services compromised Hillary Clinton's e-mail server during and after her tenure as secretary of state."
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Clinton failed to turn over these public records containing classified information when she left the employment of the federal government, as required by law. Moreover, just as she did not turn over her private server until the FBI was poised to seize it, she refused to provide any of her Benghazi-related emails until the House Select Committee forced the Obama State Department to obtain them from her. Even then, she only turned over those that she wanted to, and then deleted the rest.
As journalists noted on Twitter:
Remember, these are the emails HRC wanted us to read. What didn't she want disclosed via an unauthorized private server, deleted & purged?— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) September 1, 2015
No, the Clinton emails weren't just "released." It's the result of the tireless FOIA work of @JasonLeopold.— Allen McDuffee (@AllenMcDuffee) September 1, 2015
State Dept just released another batch of Hillary Clinton emails (court ordered in response to our FOIA lawsuit): https://t.co/FTUzhEt1wz— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) September 1, 2015
Clinton tried to hide all of her emails, but thanks to the work of the Benghazi Select Committee and lawsuits filed by news organizations, some of them have been recovered, and a small portion of those are now public. Here are just eight of the latest and what they reveal:
1. Clinton told George Mitchell, a special envoy working on Middle East issues, to send classified information (now redacted) about discussions with Italian foreign minister Franco Frattinito to her personal email address.
2. The State Department’s IT Help Desk didn’t know about Clinton’s personal email address, and that caused some inconvenient technical difficulties. The State Department still won’t say whether someone in the administration approved her use of a private server.
3. Clinton began using an iPad in June 2010. It was just one of many mobile devices she carried, despite her claim that she used personal email for government business so that she could use only one device.
4. Three days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, during a time when the Obama administration was blaming the attack on spontaneous protesters angry about a YouTube video, a top aide thought Clinton deserved credit “for inspiring the ‘peaceful’ protests.”
5. Clinton ordered a top aide to remove classified information from the classified system and send it to her personal email, saying, “Just email it.”
6. Clinton – who deleted thousands and thousands of emails that she did not want to turn over to the Obama administration – paid close attention to what happened to emails she sent, telling two people to “delete after reading.”
7. In 2009, Clinton emailed classified information (now redacted) to longtime crony Sidney Blumenthal, who did not have a security clearance and who was barred from working in the Obama administration by the president’s first chief of staff. Blumenthal’s email account was hacked by Guccifer in 2013. The New York Times noted this week that Blumenthal “seems to be the person [Hillary Clinton] heard from by email the most outside her department,” and her replies to him “indicated that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, welcomed Mr. Blumenthal’s input outside the normal chain of command.”
8. Many more emails confirm that Clinton regularly asked Blumenthal to send her information, contradicting her claim in May that he sent her “unsolicited emails.” In this one, she tells him to “email me results as you get them.”
As more Clinton emails become public, remember: the consensus among members of the media is that this is a problem entirely of her own making.