State Dept. releases another batch of Clinton emails – USA TODAY
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on Aug 28, 2015, in Minneapolis.(Photo: Adam Bettcher, Getty Images)
The State Department released another round of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server on Monday night — this time, approximately 7,000 pages, or 4,368 emails, the largest batch made public to date.
The latest release includes “around 150” emails that have been classified since Clinton originally received or sent them, said Mark Toner, a department spokesman, according to news reports. The sensitive information in those messages will be redacted.
Toner added, however, that none of the emails reviewed had been designated classified at the time.
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Among the thousands of messages — many of which appear to be missives on day-to-day tasks — is a 2010 note to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, asking him not to publish 250,000 classified documents back in . The publication of the documents would risk “the lives of countless innocent individuals,” “ongoing military operations,” and “ongoing cooperation between countries.”
“Despite your stated desire to protect those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals,” wrote State Department legal adviser Harold Koh. “You have undermined your stated objective by disseminating this material widely, without redaction and without regard to the security to the security and sanctity of the lives your actions endanger.”
Clinton’s use of a private email account and server at her home during her tenure as secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 has sparked widespread criticism since it was first revealed in March.
While Clinton has maintained her email account did not violate any laws or regulations, she recently said that “it clearly wasn’t the best choice.”
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Late last year, the Democratic presidential front-runner turned over more than 30,000 emails she sent and received while at the State Department. At the same time, about that same number of messages that she deemed “private and personal” were deleted by her team.
The first batch of emails was made public in May, and a federal judge has ordered monthly releases since. Monday’s release will be by far the largest and will consist of more pages of emails than all previous months put together.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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