The Obama Administration on Friday afternoon confirmed that at least 22 emails on Hillary Clinton’s personal server contained top secret information, according to the Associated Press.
The State Department released its latest batch of Clinton’s emails on Friday, mere days before she is to participate in the Iowa presidential caucuses.
The Associated Press reports that it found out that 37 withheld pages, including seven email chains, contained top secret information. The State Department is still trying to determine if the information in the emails was classified at the time Clinton handled it.
Clinton has previously said that no classified information went through her private server.
Clinton’s presidential campaign on Friday insisted that the 22 secret emails withheld from the latest release were “over-classified.”
Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said that Clinton long ago called for the complete release of all her emails and that withholding certain emails for allegedly being top secret was not justified.
“This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called ‘innocuous’ by certain intelligence officials,” Fallon said. “… This appears to be over-classification run amok.”
Clinton’s email scandal has caused consternation all around. Her supporters are worried it will hurt her chances to win the White House. Her opponents are hoping she gets arrested. Pretty much everyone seems to wonder how she could be so dumb.
But the actual effect of the ongoing revelations is anybody’s guess. Going into Iowa, the Washington Times reports she has an 8-point lead over Sen. [score]Bernie Sanders[/score]. Time magazine reports the two candidates deadlocked. CNN has Clinton ahead but with her lead slipping away fast.
The State Department still has about 7,000 emails to be released. Department representatives say they will miss the deadline because department officials mistakenly neglected to send the last 7,000 to other agencies that need to review them.