The State Department on Wednesday released about 6,000 more pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the latest batch to be made public from the private email account that has plagued her presidential campaign.
The release covers 2010 and 2011 and met a federal court requirement that 37 percent of Clinton’s email collection be made public by the end of September. About 55,000 pages of her online correspondence will be made public by January 2016.
In the newest batch of documents, portions of 215 were retroactively deemed to be classified and three emails have now been deemed to be a higher level of “secret,” according to State Department spokesman John Kirby, who added that those emails were not marked classified at the time they were sent.
The release in August included about 150 messages with redacted information, which State Department officials said were deemed retroactively classified. Clinton has maintained she did not send or receive information that was classified at the time on her private email.
Previous email dumps from Clinton’s private server have revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday workings of the Clinton led State Department, as well as some revealing personal preferences of Clinton.
Wednesday’s release was no exception. In addition to humorous anecdotes (like a White House operator not believing who Clinton was), the latest batch reveals that Clinton was “distressed about the 2010 midterms and the State Department officials were concerned about antiquated technology.
Here are some of the highlights from the latest batch:
- In June 2011, State Department officials were concerned about their technology after a hacking attack of Google’s Gmail. “It would be a great time for someone inside or outside to make a statement/ write an op-ed that points out that State’s technology is so antiquated that NO ONE uses a State-issued laptop and even high officials routinely end up using their home email accounts,” State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote to Clinton and other top aides. Clinton responded that the idea “makes good sense,” but Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills writes it would best be done by a former State employee. “As someone who attempted to be hacked (yes I was one), I am not sure we want to telegraph how much folks do or don’t do off state mail b/c it may encourage others who are out there.”
- “Must be the Chinese!” After a State Department employee tells Clinton that she has emailed her Gmail account, Clinton responds: “I just checked and I do have your state but not your Gmail — so how did that happen. Must be the Chinese!”
- Clinton writes that Bill Clinton is “trying to influence strategy” after her friend and confidant Sidney Blumenthal sent Clinton an email about then-House Minority Leader John Boehner’s closing argument ahead of the 2010 midterm elections.
- Clinton warns of a “huge Fox-generated media storm led by Palin et al” for a State Department decision to use “parent one and two” over “mother and father.”
- About one year before the 2012 attack on Benghazi, Abedin forwards Clinton an update after visiting Libya. The update praises the work of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was later killed in the attacks, and says the environments has “improved.”
- Mills forwarded Clinton at least 11 news articles regarding Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal and its ensuing fallout in 2011. Weiner is married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and in one report that was passed along was titled: “Report: Weiner’s wife (Huma Abedin) sought advice from Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton writes in 2010 that she is “fighting w the WH [White House] operator who doesn’t believe I am who I say.” She adds, “I just hung up and am calling thru Ops like a proper and properly dependent Secretary of State — no independent dialing allowed.”
- In an email to Mills, Clinton asks what FUBAR means. “Fubar is unprintable on civil email,” Mills responds. The next line of the email is redacted.
After months of tussling with questions about why she decided to use a personal email over a State Department issued one, Clinton apologized earlier this month.
In an appearance on “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Clinton told NBC’s Chuck Todd she has been “as transparent as possible” about the use of her private email server. “It is like a drip, drip, drip,” Clinton said. “I want these questions to be answered.”