Despite Hillary Clinton’s repeated denials, she wrote and sent at least 104 emails containing classified information from her private, unsecured email server during her tenure as secretary of State, The Washington Post reports.
Of Clinton’s email correspondence that has been released to the public, WaPo found 104 emails containing information that the United States government has deemed to be classified. It has been determined that Clinton wrote most of these emails — including the classified information contained in the body of the email — herself.
WaPo’s analysis that 104 of Clinton’s emails contained classified information is a lowball estimate, as they were only able to analyze the 52,000 pages of correspondence the State Department released to the public as part of an ongoing lawsuit. Their total count of 104 emails containing classified information doesn’t include the 22 emails the State Department did not release to the public because they contain top secret information.
At least two emails contained information for “special access programs” (SAP), which is a level of classification even higher than “top secret.” At least one of the emails Clinton sent and received from her private, unsecured server contained information gathered by human spying.
She also received classified information on her personal, unsecured email server from 300 other people, government and non-government employees alike, WaPo found. These 300 individuals were top agency officials, diplomats, and even foreigners with no U.S. security clearance.
The Clinton campaign as been furiously spinning her email woes, saying that much of the information was not classified at the time she sent it. When the story initially broke in early 2015, Clinton publicly claimed that she had never sent any classified material to anyone.
Here’s the video in which she denied that she had ever sent any emails containing classified information from her private, unsecured email server, which had been housed in a bathroom closet.
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” she said in March 2015. “There is no classified material. So I’m certainly aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
Clinton’s dependence on a private, unsecured email server which she accessed from her personal Blackberry was borne out of her own technological incompetence. She reportedly didn’t know how to access emails from her computer, choosing to rely on her Blackberry throughout her tenure instead of learning to work her email on her computer.
Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, told State Department official Lewis Lukens that there could be a ‘problem,’ because Clinton ‘does not know how to use a computer to do email — only [Blackberry],’ he wrote in a 2009 email released on Monday. ‘But I said [it] would not take much training to get her up to speed,’ he claimed.