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Clinton Emails ‘Top Secret,’ Intelligence Review Affirms

Hillary Rodham Clinton
AP
• December 15, 2015 12:44 pm

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An intelligence community review affirmed that two of the emails held on Hillary Clinton’s private system contained "top secret" information at the time they were sent or received, despite objections to the classifications from her presidential campaign and the State Department.

Sources close to the review told Fox News that the issue is now a "settled matter." The State Department has disputed the original findings from the inspector general of the intelligence community, I. Charles McCullough III, saying that the emails may have been over-classified.

Clinton has insisted that she never sent nor received information marked classified on her personal email, which she used exclusively for her work at State.

The CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) conducted a review of the emails to determine how they should be properly stored. The review found that both messages were top secret, the highest level of classification that sometimes warrants the use of an approved safe, when they originated on Clinton’s server.

The unnamed sources said that one of the emails is still top secret today, while the second remains classified but at a lower level because more information about it has been made public.

The findings of the review have been communicated to the State Department. Though the agency is still disputing the findings, it does not have the power to alter the classifications because State was not the origin of the information.

The FBI has been investigating Clinton’s email setup since the intelligence community inspector general determined that the pair of emails was top secret. Reports last month indicated that the bureau was expanding its probe and exploring possible violations of U.S. criminal code.

Published under: 2016 Election, Hillary Clinton