Clinton Emails Went Beyond 'Top Secret': IG

Clinton camp says State official shared a news article on drones
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at an email during her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Intelligence officials say Hillary Clinton's private email server included information that went a step beyond top secret. In a Jan. 14 letter obtained by Fox News, an inspector general tells the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees that "several dozen emails" contained information declared by an unnamed intelligence community agency to be "at the confidential, secret, and top secret/SAP levels." The "top secret/SAP" designation means the information likely referenced special access programs, like intelligence-gathering programs, which "are among the government's most closely guarded secrets," per the New York Times. Officials say the letter is not in reference to two emails on the server that have already been reported as being top secret.

An official tells Politico that at least some of the SAP emails discussed the fallout of US drone strikes. The information "was not obtained through a classified product, but is considered 'per se' classified" like all information about classified operations, even that published in the media. Clinton rep Brian Fallon says the emails may "revolve around a State Department employee forwarding a published news article about the drone program" which "would further reinforce how absurd it is to suggest that Secretary Clinton did anything wrong." Fallon adds, "This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or received." He concludes the document leak is an attempt "to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign." (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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