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Clinton Falsely Claims Classification Of Emails Is Part Of Interagency Dispute

- February 4, 2016

Two Days After The State Department Confirmed That The Classification Levels Of Clinton's Emails Were No Longer Part Of An Interagency Dispute, Clinton Went On TV And Claimed They Were

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Clinton Claimed That The "Top Secret" Classification On Her Secret Server Emails Were Part Of An "Interagency Dispute." STEPHANOPOULOS: "You did have that surprise on Friday. The State Department saying they will not release 22 e-mails of yours deemed top-secret. You want them released. Why are you so confident that release would not compromise national security? What do you know about those emails that we don't?" CLINTON: "Well, here's what I know. I know that this is, I think, a continuation of the story that has been playing out for months. There is no classified marked information on those e-mails, sent or received by me. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, who's had a chance to review them, has said that this email chain did not originate with me and that there were no classification markings. So I do want them released. And of course, I can't be clear about exactly what the reasons might be for some in the government as part of this interagency dispute to make this request not to make them public. But, I would like to see them disclosed and I think they can and should be disclosed from everything I'm told about them." (ABC's " This Week," 1/31/16)

The State Department Confirmed The Classification Of The Emails Is No Longer Part Of Any Interagency Dispute Because State Agreed The Emails Contained "Top Secret" Information

The Associated Press Headline: "APNewsBreak: Gov't Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret'" ("APNewsBreak: US Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret,'" The Associated Press, 1/29/16)

The Declaration Was The First Time The Obama Administration Had Confirmed Clinton's Emails Contained "Top Secret" Information. "The Obama Administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton's unsecured home server contained some of the U.S. government's most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification." ("APNewsBreak: US Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret,'" The Associated Press, 1/29/16)

Seven Email Chains Will Be Withheld In Full Because They Contain "Information Deemed To Be 'Top Secret.'" "But The Associated Press has learned seven email chains are being withheld in full because they contain information deemed to be 'top secret.' The 37 pages include messages recently described by a key intelligence official as concerning so-called 'special access programs' - a highly restricted subset of classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes or government eavesdropping." ("APNewsBreak: US Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret,'" The Associated Press, 1/29/16)

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The State Department Confirmed That The Decision To Fully Withhold "Top Secret" Emails From Clinton's Server Was A "State Department Decision." MATT LEE: "The Clinton campaign, spokesman for the campaign, says that this is the case of rampant over-classification and that they object withholding to you guys withholding these emails from public release. What's your response to that?" JOHN KIRBY: "I'm not going to be getting into debating or discussing candidates one way or the other on the campaign trail but what I will tell you is that we work closely with the intelligence community on this, as we have throughout this process, and at their request, we are upgrading this particular traffic." LEE: "So, it's not your determination necessarily that this information was top secret. In fact, you guys were prepared to release it until the intel community came in and said hey, wait a second." KIRBY: "No, I wouldn't say that. As I said, we had a long ongoing discussion about this traffic with them. At their request, we have decided to make this upgraded is a State Department decision. We are doing it but we are doing it at the request of the intelligence community and were going to continue to coordinate and consult with them going forward." (John Kirby , State Department Briefing, Washington DC, 1/29/16)


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