Hillary Clinton’s emails contained highly classified intelligence – top inspector

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A number of emails on the private server of then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contained intelligence from highly classified government programs, a top inspector general has told lawmakers, according to Fox News.

Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III said in a January 14 letter to senior lawmakers that a review by intelligence agencies identified “several dozen” additional classified emails, including specific intelligence from highly classified “special access programs” (SAP).

“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” the letter said, as quoted by Fox News. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”

Special access programs refer to highly classified information with safeguards and access restrictions that exceed those for regular classified information. The revelation is certain to renew criticism over Clinton’s handling of classified information, which is already the subject of an FBI investigation.

Clinton, who is the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has repeatedly come under fire for using a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Despite Clinton’s previous statements that the server was never used for classified information, the intelligence community has classified hundreds of emails after reviewing them.

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