The email scandal in which former Secretary of State and current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was implied is far from being over, but the Obama administration made an important announcement today, according to The Huffington Post.
It seems that Mrs. Clinton private email server contained closely guarded government secrets, 22 of the emails requiring one of the highest levels of classification. This could come as a blow for Hillary Clinton, with just a few days before the Iowa caucuses.
More emails to be published
Currently, State Department officials are continuing the investigations, in order to see if any of the information contained by the emails was classified at the moment of the transmission. Another batch of emails, from the period when Mrs. Clinton was the Secretary of State, were published on Friday evening.
On the other side, according to The Associated Press, seven email chains actually contained “top secret” information, related to “special access programs”, highly restricted. It is said that some of the emails were related to clandestine programs like drone strikes.
“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told The Associated Press.
Mrs. Clinton still considers she did nothing wrong
As for Hillary Clinton‘s opinion, she insists on never sending or receiving classified information on her personal email account during her term. Until now, none of the released emails were marked as classified, despite 1000 of them had lower classification levels. The ones released this week were the first at top secret level.
“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails,” said Hillary Clinton‘s campaign spokesman, Biran Fallon. “Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.”