Classified Hillary Emails Had CIA, NSA Info
Classified emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private computer server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA, McClatchy reported Thursday. One of the emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack was even released to the public by the State Department in May despite it being classified. That email contained information from the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which uses spy satellites. Four other emails contained info from the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence agencies. The inspector general for the intelligence community found the five classified emails out of a sample of 40 from the 30,000 emails Clinton gave to the State Department.
But perhaps the most troubling element in the McClatchy story is the assertion that “the State Department so far has refused to grant the intelligence-community inspector general access to the entire batch of emails on jurisdictional grounds.”
A State Department spokesperson called the line “untrue,” adding, “To provide for greater cooperation through this process, a team of IC FOIA [Intelligence Community Freedom of Information Act] reviewers—at the invitation of the Department—are reviewing [the] emails.”
“We have had a chance to review the statement released by the inspectors general of the State Department and intelligence community outlining their concerns with regard to the State Department’s review and release of Hillary Clinton’s work emails,” Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill told The Daily Beast in an email. “We want to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed as these emails are reviewed while not unduly delaying the release of her emails. We particularly do not want their release to be hampered by bureaucratic infighting among the intelligence community. More emails are slated to be released by the State Department next week, and we hope that release is as inclusive as possible."