By: Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
"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, according to thousands of e-mails released by the State Department.
"Although government officials deemed the e-mails classified after Clinton left office, they could complicate her efforts to move beyond the political fallout from the controversy. They suggest that her role in distributing sensitive material via her private e-mail system went beyond receiving notes written by others, and appears to contradict earlier public statements in which she denied sending or receiving e-mails containing classified information.
"The classified e-mails, contained in thousands of pages of electronic correspondence that the State Department has released, stood out because of the heavy markings blocking out sentences and, in some cases, entire messages.
"The State Department officials who redacted the material cited national security as the reason for blocking it from public view. …
"The extent of the redactions in e-mails sent by Clinton and others, including ambassadors and career Foreign Service officers, points to a broader pattern that has alarmed intelligence officials in which sensitive information has been circulated on non-secure systems. Another worry is that Clinton aides further spread sensitive information by forwarding government e-mails to Clinton’s private account. …
"But the presence of classified information in e-mails Clinton wrote appears to contradict her assurances that she sent no such material.
"'I have said repeatedly that I did not send nor receive classified material, and I’m very confident that when this entire process plays out that will be understood by the everyone,' she said last week during a Democratic Party meeting in Minneapolis. She said that government officials may now be making different determinations after the fact, but 'it does not change the fact that I did not send, nor receive, material marked classified.' …
"One e-mail Clinton wrote in October 2009 was addressed to former senator George J. Mitchell (D-Maine), who was a special envoy for peace in the Middle East. The entire message, as released by the State Department, is blacked out and tagged with a designation noting that the information was classified. The only part now public is Clinton’s opening: 'George . . . .'
"Another note went from Clinton to Melanne Verveer, who was ambassador for global women’s issues, on Dec. 9, 2010. It was entirely withheld from release. The subject line reads, 'Re: latest . . .,' with the rest redacted, making it impossible to discern the topic of the exchange.
"Like other e-mails, it was withheld based on State Department reviewers’ conclusion that it contained 'foreign government information' and 'foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.' …"
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