The big news associated with today’s release of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t the content of any email released. The biggest news is the fact, noted by Scott, that 22 of the emails found on her personal email server are classified as “Top Secret” and can’t be released because even with redaction they would be too damaging to national security.
The second biggest news may be the State Department’s announcement that it is commencing an investigation to see if “if any of the information was classified at the time of transmission” to Clinton’s private server. Information need not have been classified at that time for Clinton to be in legal jeopardy. However, a finding that some information was classified at the time of transmission would blow away her main line of political defense.
As for the emails released today, they are not entirely without interest. America Rising highlights some of these emails.
In one, Clinton received secret information relating to Afghanistan that, as shown by the redaction code, came from “Intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology,” on her private, unsecure server.
In another, from September 2009, current Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta asked Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, if Clinton had a private email. No response is indicated.
In 2012, Clinton received an email from her aide Jake Sullivan, the contents of which are fully redacted. She responded, “Wow, not good.” You have to think that whatever the “not good” news was, it would have been of interest to hackers.
And for amusement value, there’s a snarky email from Clinton aide Philippe Reines in which he chews out Washington Post reporters over a story that Clinton did not have as much White House access as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Rennes concludes that if the Post’s fact checkers reviewed this story, the authors “would be lucky to get off with only three dozen Pinocchios.”
When all is said and done, the same may be true of Team Clinton’s statements regarding her server and the emails it contained.