The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton's unsecured home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails with material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate. Department officials also said the agency's Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus will investigate whether any of the information was classified "at the time of transmission", going to the heart of one of Clinton's primary defenses of her email practices. The State Department will release its next batch of emails from Clinton's time as secretary of state later Friday ... Even if Clinton only read, and didn't write or forward the secret messages, she still would have been required to report classification slippages that she recognized. But without classification markings, that may have been difficult, especially if the information was in the public domain.
Clinton campaign responds: Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is urging the State Department to release all emails from her private server and criticizing the decision to withhold 22 messages classified as top secret. "This appears to be over-classification run amok," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a lengthy statement. "We will pursue all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a manner consistent with her call last year. We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails". Fallon insisted that the emails were unmarked "at the time they were sent."
The Obama administration confirmed that the unsecured home server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state contained some of the US government’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification.
Clinton always uses the excuse that what she did wasn't "illegal" and that she did nothing wrong by using a private server — and that all her mails weren't marked classified "at the time" they were sent or received. But it doesn't matter if the emails were "marked" top secret, when someone in her post should have realized that the content was classified.
And her argument fails when she uses the excuse that none of the emails originated from her, because if she had been using a secured server with government oversight, it wouldn't have been a problem.
She claims the server was set up for "convenience" so she wouldn't need two mobile devices for private and official correspondence. But that only leaves her to decide what is private and what is not. I personally suspect she wanted to hide the business her foundation was doing by using a private server.
But if the general public is so concerned about the Patriot Act and the NSA'a ability to read private emails, wouldn't U.S. intelligence agencies have had the same capabilities to read Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured server? And if so, what about foreign intelligence agencies?
Major corporations, with their own security practices, are hacked all the time. Some of our own government agencies, with their own sophisticated security enhancements, have also been hacked. So what would lead Hillary (or anyone else) to believe that her emails were protected, and/or that it was even approximate to use a private server given her position as Secretary of State?
When Hillary Clinton deleted all those other emails, why didn't she also delete those that may have been deemed top secret after the fact? And why did she delete any emails at all, and after the GOP started asking for them? What did she have to hide?
Technically speaking, a government worker doing government business has no real expectation of privacy when doing the people's work. Their actions are supposed to be transparent and open to internal oversight. It's not JUST Republicans who are concerned about this — but the Clinton machine and the media wants us to believe that for the Democrats, this is not an issue. But it is an issues, whether Hillary supporters agree or not, because real lives were stake.
IMHO, it seems to me that, as Secretary of State, ANY private communication involving her email should have been considered "classified" if there was no government oversight of her unsecured server in her home...otherwise, anything she sends and receives would had to have been marked "classified" my she herself...and she didn't.