Hillary Clinton has stressed that she did not send any classified information. | Getty
By Rachael Bade and Josh Gerstein
Published: 12/31/15 – 11:46 AM EST
Updated: 12/31/15 – 06:54 PM EST
- The agency also falls short of its court-ordered goal of releasing 43,000 pages of the former secretary of state’s emails by the end of the year.
More than 1,200 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time at the State Department have now been deemed classified, after the agency publicly released its eighth batch of the messages late Thursday.
The agency released roughly 5,500 more pages of emails from the private email account that Clinton exclusively used during her four years at Foggy Bottom, with an additional 275 messages now upgraded to classified, bringing the total number of retroactively classified emails that moved through Clinton’s unsecured server to 1,274.
While most of those were elevated to the “confidential” level, according to a State Department official, two in the most recent batch were upgraded to the “Secret” level, a more sensitive classification for issues that affect national security.
Clinton, after the scandal about her use of private email broke in March, initially said that there was no classified material on her email account. She has since stressed that she did not send any classified information and that no messages she sent or received were marked classified at the time.
The State Department also said on Thursday that it fell short of its court-ordered goal of releasing 43,000 pages of the trove by the end of the year.
“We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month,” said the agency, which fell about 2,000 pages short of the target.
State’s lawyers will likely have to report to a judge next week about its lapse, and the agency said it will drop another batch of emails next week in an attempt to get back on track. All releasable emails are supposed to be made public by Jan. 29.
The trove released on Thursday, which covered periods from 2009 through the beginning of 2013, included messages that showed both Clinton’s frustrations while at State and some lighter moments.
In one exchange between Clinton and her chief of staff Cheryl Mills in April 2012, Mills forwards an email with the subject line “Photo gone viral!” that includes the now-iconic image of Clinton with dark sunglasses on, looking at her BlackBerry.
Clinton responds to Mills with, “Why now? That was on my way to Libya?” Mills then writes back, “You look cute.”
Another back-and-forth, this time between Clinton and top aide Jake Sullivan, has Clinton discussing who deserves credit for using the term “pivot” to Asia.
Sullivan forwards an article in May 2012 that included the line “Ever since President Obama announced a ‘pivot’ to Asia and Secretary Clinton declared this to be ‘America’s Pacific Century’ Washington’s Asia policy has been firing on all cylinders.”
While Sullivan proclaims the article a “terrific piece and well worth the trip to India to produce,” Clinton fixates on the “pivot” line. “Remind—didn’t we, not the WH, first use the ‘pivot’?” Clinton writes to Sullivan. He responds, “Yes, but happy to give it to them at this point. Can discuss.”
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