Highly sensitive information was in two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server, including a discussion of drone strikes in the Middle East, the Associated Press reported Friday. A second email could possibly point back to highly classified material in an improper manner, AP reported.
On Monday, the inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community told Congress that two of 40 emails in a random sample of the 30,000 emails Clinton gave the State Department for review contained information deemed “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information,” one of the government’s highest levels of classification.
The drone exchange, the officials said, begins with a copy of a news article that discusses the CIA drone program that targets alleged terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere. The copy makes reference to classified information. A Clinton adviser follows up by dancing around the top secret information in a way that could possibly be inferred as confirmation, they said.
A second email about an “Egyptian proposal” for a reconciliation ceremony with Hamas reviewed by Charles McCullough, the intelligence community inspector general, appears more suspect. Some interviewed by AP said it improperly points back to highly classified material, but not all sources agreed.
“The issue is, she should come clean and deal with it,” said GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, campaigning Friday at the Iowa State Fair. “It’s an issue when people are prosecuted for disclosing classified information and then we now have this allegation yet to be determined, but the FBI’s looking into it, that classified information went across her private server. This is an issue. It’s not a distraction, for sure.”
Even if the emails highlighted by the intelligence community prove innocuous, Clinton will still face questions about whether she set up the private server with the aim of avoiding scrutiny, whether emails she deleted because she said they were personal were actually work-related, and whether she appropriately shielded such emails from possible foreign spies and hackers.
The FBI’s inspection of Clinton’s server could also yield valuable information into how secure the server was and whether it was ever hacked, said Elad Yoran, executive chairman of Koolspan Inc., a communications security company based in Bethesda, Maryland.
“They may be able to tell whether it was hacked and that opens up a whole other set of questions,” Yoran said.
Yoran said he considered Clinton’s use of a private email system and server to be extraordinary and wasn’t aware of any other government officials doing the same.
“This wasn’t done because it was convenient for her,” Yoran said. “There’s a ton of email services that are available that are actually quite secure, easy to use, and you can use them on every device.”
h/t: Associated Press
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