Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.
The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff, Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack.
Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated. But yesterday’s redaction shows that Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server, which came to light just as she was beginning her presidential campaign.
Clinton, campaigning in New Hampshire, said yesterday she was aware that the FBI wanted some of the email to be classified, “but that doesn’t change the fact all of the information in the emails was handled appropriately”.
Asked if she was concerned it was on a private server, she replied, “No.”
The information was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” yesterday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. They said 23 words of the Nov. 18, 2012, message were redacted from yesterday’s release of 296 emails to protect information that could harm national security and foreign relations.
Officials who received the email have been informed of the words classified as “secret” and that they should take measures to protect it in any files they may have.
No other redactions were made to the Benghazi emails for classification reasons.
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