State Department: Hundreds of old Hillary Clinton emails newly classified

January 1, 2016 8:07 am

The State Department said today that portions of 275 emails released
on New Year’s Eve from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state have
been newly classified, bringing 2015 to a close for the Democratic
presidential front-runner.
Clinton has said she didn’t send or
receive information that was classified at the time via her personal
email account, which was run on a private server at her New York home.
Republicans have repeatedly questioned whether her use of a private
email system put sensitive information at risk.
In all, the State
Department said 1,274 of Clinton’s emails have been retroactively
classified since the department started reviewing them for public
release.

Two emails released Thursday were designated “secret,”
the second-highest level of classification, which applies to information
that could cause serious damage to national security if released. Most
of the emails were classified “confidential,” which is the lowest level
of classification.

The messages were part of a batch of about 5,500 pages of Clinton emails released on the final day of 2015.
Here’s a look at what was in the latest batch:
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EMAIL USE

Clinton
and one of her closest aides, Jake Sullivan, had an exchange in
September 2010 that showed considerable confusion over her email
practices.
“I’m never sure which of my emails you receive, so pls
let me know if you receive this one and on which address you did,” she
wrote to Sullivan on a Sunday morning.
A few hours later Sullivan
responded: “I have just received this email on my personal account,
which I check much less frequently than my State Department account. I
have not received any emails from you on my State account in recent days
” for example, I did not get the email you sent to me and (Assistant
Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jeff) Feltman on the Egyptian custody
case. Something is very wrong with the connection there.”
Sullivan
added, “I suppose a near-term fix is to just send messages to this
account ” my personal account ” and I will check it more frequently.”
Clinton
also cited trouble with her BlackBerry in January 2012, according to
one of her emails. “Sorry for the delay in responding,” she wrote to
Jamie Rubin, a diplomat and journalist, saying her BlackBerry was having
“a nervous breakdown on my dime!”
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SOROS

Billionaire
George Soros, a major donor to liberal causes, confided to a former
Clinton aide that he made the wrong choice in supporting Barack Obama in
the 2008 primaries over Clinton.
Soros told Neera Tanden during a
dinner sponsored by Democracy Alliance, a liberal group, that he
“regretted his decision in the primary ” he likes to admit mistakes when
he makes them and that was one of them,” Tanden told Clinton in a May
2012 email. “He then extolled his work with you from your time as First
Lady on.”
Tanden also said Soros had been “impressed that he can
always call/meet” with Clinton on policy issues but he hadn’t yet met
with Obama. Soros has been a major donor to Priorities USA, a
pro-Clinton Democratic super political action committee.
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2010 MIDTERMS

Politics
was never far from Clinton’s mind at the State Department. In September
2010, as Republicans threatened to take the majority in the House,
Clinton told former policy adviser Neera Tanden, president of the
left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, “I confess I’m
bewildered at how poorly the Dems are doing in driving any message and
putting the Rs on the defensive.”
“Do you and CAP have any ideas
as to how to change the dynamic ” before it’s too late?” Clinton asked.
Losing the House would, she wrote, “be a disaster in every way.”
Republicans
seized control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections in what
President Barack Obama later called a “shellacking.”
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SITUATION ROOM PHOTO

Clinton
expressed outrage at a Hasidic Jewish newspaper that airbrushed her and
another woman out of a famous photograph of officials in the White
House Situation Room watching the raid on Osama Bin Laden.
The
original photo had shown Clinton seated at the table, her hand covering
her mouth. Counterterrorism director Audrey Tomason had also been
pictured, standing at the back of the room. Both were blacked out in the
newspaper’s reproduction of the photograph.
“The Jerusalem Post
reported today that a NY Hasidic paper Der Zeitung published the sit
room photo w/o me (or Audrey T) photoshopped out perhaps because no
woman should be in such a place of power or that I am dressed
immodestly!!” Clinton wrote in an email with the subject line
“Unbelievable.”
The email was sent May 8, 2011, to aides,
including Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, and to her daughter, Chelsea,
under the alias Diane Reynolds.
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CHICAGO

Clinton
showed keen interest in the politics of her hometown of Chicago when
longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley announced in September 2010 he would not
run for re-election.
Betsy Ebeling, Clinton’s close childhood
friend, told Clinton in an email that she was in “shock.” Clinton
responded: “I’m in shock too,” asking Ebeling to “share any and all
insights into this huge (as any real Chicagoan knows it to be!)”
Ebeling
said the next day that “Rahm rumors are everywhere,” referencing
then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who is now Chicago’s
mayor.
Clinton replied: “I can’t tell yet whether Rahm will actually decide to run. So it will be a wild ride the next few months.”
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BLUMENTHAL

Confidant
Sidney Blumenthal wrote Clinton that sanctions freezing Libya’s foreign
bank accounts presented “serious challenges” to dictator Moammar
Gadhafi, but he was still sitting pretty on “143 tons of gold and a
similar amount in silver” valued at more than $7 billion.
In an
April 2, 2011, email, Blumenthal wrote that Gadhafi moved the gold and
silver from vaults of the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli to Sabha, a
city in southwest Libya that is in the direction of the nation’s border
with Niger and Chad. At the time, the World Gold Council also estimated
Libya’s trove of gold at 143 tons.
The gold, Blumenthal wrote,
was intended to be used to establish an African currency based on Libyan
currency, which African countries then could use instead of the French
franc. “French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly before
the rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on
Libya,” Blumenthal wrote.
Gadhafi was deposed in August 2011 and killed two months later.
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SENATE TIES

A
September 2011 exchange with Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of
Maryland showed Clinton’s ties to the female Democrats in the Senate,
her former colleagues.
Mikulski emailed Clinton, a former New
York senator, to celebrate that the Senate had confirmed Wendy Sherman
as an assistant secretary of state and invite Clinton to a gathering of
female senators.
Noting they now meet in the Strom Thurmond room
in the Capitol, Mikulski remarked, “Isn’t that a hoot” ” an apparent
reference to the late South Carolina senator’s history of womanizing.
Clinton
wrote back, affectionately addressing Mikulski, the longest-serving
female senator, as “dean.” Clinton said she probably couldn’t make it to
the gathering.
Mikulski told Clinton she would always be welcome
in the Senate and suggested she come over to the State Department “for a
Diet Coke or something stronger.”
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MISSED DEADLINE

The
State Department said it wouldn’t meet a court-ordered goal of making
82 percent of Clinton’s emails from her time at State public by year’s
end. The department said prior to Thursday’s release that while it has
“worked diligently” to come close to the goal, it will fall short
because of the large number of documents involved and the holiday
schedule.
The department said Thursday it plans to release more Clinton emails next week.
Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump took note of the timing of the
latest release on Twitter, writing: “Do you believe that The State
Department, on NEW YEAR’S EVE, just released more of Hillary’s e-mails.
They just want it all to end. BAD!”
But Trump’s tweet was off-base. A federal judge set the schedule for the release of the emails, not Clinton or the department.
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Associated
Press writers Josh Lederman, Catherine Lucey, Robert Burns, Jill
Colvin, Erica Werner, Becky Bohrer, Justin Juozapavicius, Kathleen
Ronayne, Jill Colvin, Chad Day, Deb Riechmann, Michael Sisak, Jill Zeman
Bleed, Janie Har, Matthew Brown, Jonathan Cooper, David Eggert and
Corey R. Williams contributed to this report.

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