Another 150 Hillary Clinton Emails Had Classified Info, State Dept. Says

Revelation comes as State prepares to release 7,000 more pages of Clinton’s messages from her tenure as secretary.

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Ben Geman
Aug. 31, 2015, 3:58 p.m.

The on­go­ing vet­ting of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails for pub­lic re­lease has turned up clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion in roughly 150 more mes­sages, the State De­part­ment said Monday.

The dis­clos­ure came ahead of Monday night’s planned re­lease of more than 7,000 ad­di­tion­al pages of the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial front-run­ner’s mes­sages from her ten­ure as sec­ret­ary of State, which will be the largest dis­clos­ure yet un­der the court-ordered re­lease un­der the Free­dom of In­form­a­tion Act.

State spokes­man Mark Toner said around 150 emails in the tranche slated for re­lease Monday night will be re­dac­ted, but said none of the in­form­a­tion deemed clas­si­fied in the on­go­ing in­ter­agency re­view of mes­sages on Clin­ton’s private serv­er was marked as clas­si­fied at the time it was sent.

“We have up­graded a num­ber of these,” Toner said. The As­so­ci­ated Press re­por­ted Monday that the re­dac­ted ma­ter­i­al in the latest tranche of emails is clas­si­fied at the “con­fid­en­tial” level, not high­er levels such as “top secret.”

An­oth­er 63 mes­sages from pri­or dis­clos­ures have been re­dac­ted be­cause re­view­ers deemed in­form­a­tion clas­si­fied, but State and Clin­ton’s cam­paign have said that no in­form­a­tion Clin­ton sent or re­ceived was marked clas­si­fied at the time.

Clin­ton’s stance on the emails in her private email sys­tem has changed since the rev­el­a­tion of her un­usu­al ar­range­ment earli­er this year. In March she said, “I did not email any clas­si­fied ma­ter­i­al to any­one on my email. There is no clas­si­fied ma­ter­i­al.” Clin­ton and her cam­paign have since softened the phras­ing, say­ing that she did not send or re­ceive any in­form­a­tion that was marked clas­si­fied at the time.

The latest dis­clos­ure will likely feed GOP cri­ti­cism that Clin­ton be­haved reck­lessly with sens­it­ive in­form­a­tion.

Toner, however, al­luded to dif­fer­ing views with­in the gov­ern­ment about what in­form­a­tion should be kept off-lim­its to the pub­lic. “It is not an ex­act sci­ence. It is not black and white. It is not al­ways clear,” he said.

The re­lease of more than 7,000 pages will meet a fed­er­al judge’s or­der to re­lease, by the end of this month, 25 per­cent of the roughly 55,000 pages of mes­sages that Clin­ton turned over to the State De­part­ment late last year, the de­part­ment said Monday.

State in­tends to re­lease the mes­sages at around 9 p.m. Monday. Toner pushed back against the no­tion that the tim­ing is aimed at bury­ing the news. He said it’s be­cause the re­view—which in­cludes per­son­nel from State and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies—is time-con­sum­ing.

“It’s be­cause we are get­ting these emails back from … this in­ter­agency re­view, we are com­pil­ing them, we are ac­tu­ally load­ing them on­line. It just takes a long time. And let me tell you, there is a lot of really ded­ic­ated, tired people who have been work­ing throughout the week­end to meet this goal,” he told re­port­ers Monday af­ter­noon.

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