The State Department quietly released a new batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal account at roughly 2 a.m. on Friday. Among the emails are another 66 classified messages and one potentially troublesome exchange Clinton had with a top adviser about sending secure information using nonsecure channels.
One of the newly released emails is labeled “secret,” but the vast majority are labeled “confidential,” the State Department’s lowest classification level.
In a June 2011 email, Clinton appears to instruct a top adviser, Jake Sullivan, how to send secure information — talking points that have since been redacted by the State Department — in a “nonsecure” manner.
“They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it. If they can’t, turn into nonpaper [with] no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” she wrote.
In another email, Clinton ironically said she was “surprised” that a State Department official “used a personal account if he is at State.”
The State Department released the 1,262 emails early Friday morning after failing to meet a court-ordered deadline to release 82 percent of Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails.
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Ironically, an email thread from four months earlier shows Clinton saying she was “surprised” that a diplomatic oficer named John Godfrey used a personal email account to send a memo on Libya policy after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.
Another message includes a condolence email from the father of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl following the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
After seeing the email, Clinton directed her assistant Robert Russo to “pls [sic] prepare [a] response.” Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban capitivity in May 2014 as part of a prisoner swap. He faces a court-martial for desertion in August.
Clinton has repeatedly claimed she never sent or received emails “labeled” as classified during her tenure as secretary of state.
The FBI is currently investigating the private email scandal that has dogged the Clinton campaign since its launch last year.