State Dept. Censors 150 Hillary Emails, With a Catch
Spokesman explains as 7K more pages are released
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2015 8:00 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.   (AP Photo/David Richard)

(Newser) – The State Department released roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails today, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified. Department officials say the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and not identified as classified at the time Clinton sent or received the messages. All the censored material in the latest group of emails is classified at the "confidential" level, not at higher "top secret" or compartmentalized levels, they say. "It's somewhere around 150 that have been subsequently upgraded" in classification, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

Still, the increasing amounts of blacked-out information from Clinton's email history as secretary of state will surely prompt additional questions about her handling of government secrets while in office and that of her most trusted advisers. The Democratic presidential front-runner now says her use of a home email server for government business was a mistake, and government inspectors have pointed to exchanges that never should have been sent via unsecured channels. Toner insisted that nothing encountered in the agency's review of Clinton's documents was marked as classified. "Classification—we’ve said this many times—is not an exact science," he says, per Politico. "There’s many strong opinions. … It's not up to me to litigate these kinds of questions from the State Department podium."