The U.S. government official’s description provides confirmation that the emails contained closely held government secrets. “Operational intelligence” can be real-time information about intelligence collection, sources and the movement of assets.
The official emphasized that the “TOP SECRET” documents were sent over an extended period of time — from shortly after the server’s 2009 installation until early 2013 when Clinton stepped down as secretary of state.
As we reported yesterday. One of Hillary’s main email defenses has been that she did not send/receive any emails that were marked classified.
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The “marked classified” excuse about Hillary emails was repeated when Clinton was interviewed by friend and member of her husband’s administration Chris Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s This Week on Sunday:
“Well, here’s what I know. I know that this is, I think, a continuation of the story that has been playing out for months. There is no classified marked information on those e-mails, sent or received by me. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, who’s had a chance to review them, has said that this email chain did not originate with me and that there were no classification markings. So I do want them released. And of course, I can’t be clear about exactly what the reasons might be for some in the government as part of this interagency dispute to make this request not to make them public. But, I would like to see them disclosed and I think they can and should be disclosed from everything I’m told about them.”
First of all calling for the release of the emails when she knows they’ve been deemed to secret to be released is a great political move. She looks like she’s trying to prove her honesty, but knows they can’t be shared with the public.
Her line, “I can’t be clear about exactly what the reasons might be for some in the government as part of this interagency dispute to make this request not to make them public?” Is her latest version of the vast right wing conspiracy. Ms. Clinton is hinting that the very left wing Obama administration has been taken over by Republicans trying to bring her down.
Most important (and disingenuous) is her claim that the information wasn’t marked classified when it was sent to her, that claim is totally irrelevant her case.The very first paragraph of the non-disclosure agreement Ms. Clinton signed when she became Secretary of State, reads in part, “As used in this Agreement, classified information is marked or unmarked classified information including oral communications”
The full non-disclosure agreement signed by Hillary Clinton can be seen here.
This latest revelation raises another question. When is the FBI going to make its recommendation to the Attorney General. I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV, but it seems to me that there is enough evidence for an indictment.