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“We of course sought to retain maximum leverage until after American citizens were released,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. | AFP/Getty

By Louis Nelson
Published: 08/18/16 – 05:24 PM EDT
Updated:   08/18/16 – 08:04 PM EDT

  • ‘He lied about the hostages – openly and blatantly – just like he lied about Obamacare,’ Trump says.

Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran.

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Bloomberg: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, Inspector General Finds

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Ben Brody
Published: May 25, 2016 — 7:51 AM PDT
Updated:   May 25, 2016 — 9:39 AM PDT

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state violated State Department rules, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report that will hand Republicans an additional line of attack as the general election campaign gets under way.

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Politico: More than 1,200 Clinton emails now deemed classified

Hillary Clinton

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.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s work-related emails from when she was secretary of state are slowly being released by the State Department. Credit Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

By Michael S. Schmid
September 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said.

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The Daily Beast: The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

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John R. Schindler
08.12.15 – 4:50 PM ET

These weren’t just ordinary secrets found in Clinton’s private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has.

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Hillary Clinton

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server include 41 messages now marked CLASSIFIED by State Department inspectors

By David Martosko
US Political Editor For
Published: 31 July 2015 | Updated: 31 July 2015 – 18:51 EST

  • One message summarized a meeting with top State Department deputies and assistant secretaries that included talk about embassy security
  • Others dealt with Russia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras and other diplomatic flare-up locations
  • Clinton has claimed she never sent classified materials in her private email that was housed on her own personal home-brew upstate New York server
  • Document-dump included more than 1,300 Clinton emails; found 41 that were partially or wholly classified before their release

The second installment of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private home-brew server, released Friday by the State Department, includes 41 messages that reviewers determined contained classified material.

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Magnifying Glass

By Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung
Published: May 15 E-mail the writers

The Obama administration released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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WashPost: Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta

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President Obama addressed the IRS controversy Wednesday evening, announcing that the acting commissioner of the IRS has resigned. Obama reiterated that he “would not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

By Karen Tumulty
Published: May 15 E-mail the writer

The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon.

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Politico: WikiLeaks reveals U.S. diplomatic secrets

Julian Assange ignored an 11th-hour plea from the State Department to withhold publication. | AP Photo Close


WikiLeaks has dropped its bombshell cache of U.S. diplomatic cables, ripping the cloak off scores of secret deals and duds, including clandestine North Korean support for Iran and the Bush administration’s failed attempt to remove nuclear material from Pakistan.

The release — more than a quarter-million back-channel cables that include brutally candid assessments of world leaders and previously undisclosed details of nuclear and antiterrorism activity — represents the most embarrassing and potentially damaging disclosure of American diplomatic material in decades.

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