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Clinton Not Only Govt Official to Routinely Use Unclassified Email

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:03 PM

Diplomats and government officials routinely sent sensitive information to colleagues on unclassified government servers, The New York Times reports.

The Times cites examples of such practices from the emails now publicly released by the State Department that were from Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was secretary of state.

The FBI is investigating Clinton's use of the private server and whether classified material may have been mishandled.

In one example, the Times reports, an assistant secretary of state for near Eastern affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, wrote an urgent email in 2011 that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were sending troops into Bahrain to put down anti-government protests there.

It prompted a string of 10 replies and forwards, including to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and contained information now declared classified — portions of which were written by officials including the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, the Times reports.

According to the Times, the issue is putting State Department officials on the defensive about their own use of state.gov for some business that might be considered classified.

Of the 30,322 Clinton emails made public, 2,028 have had portions redacted and are now classified at the lowest level of classification, "confidential," the Times reports.

Nearly three-quarters of those emails were classified because they contained what is called "foreign government information" — including data gathered through conversations and meetings with foreign counterparts.

According to the Times, a May 2 letter to three Senate Democrats from a top State Department official argued diplomats and officials are allowed to send "foreign government information" through the government's unclassified computer systems.

"Department officials of necessity routinely receive such information through unclassified channels," writes assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, Julia Frifield.

The State Department doesn't have the authority to redact that category of information even if it's required to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the letter states.

So the only way the State Department could withhold "foreign government information" in the Clinton emails that were released under court order was to classify it, according to the letter.

The letter was a reply to one sent in March to Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Thomas Carper of Delaware and Dianne Feinstein of California — and the Times said it received a copy of it from an unnamed government official.

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