State Dept releases 1,262 messages from Hillary’s personal account from her tenure as secretary of state

State Dept releases 1,262 messages from Hillary’s personal account from her tenure as secretary of state

In the early hours of Friday, the State Department has released 1,262 messages from Hillary Clinton’s personal account from her tenure as secretary of state. Out of the latest batch of emails, 66 messages are considered classified to some level.

One of the 66 messages has been labeled as confidential, the lowest level of classification. The remaining emails have been labeled as secret. Now, the total number of classified emails found on Clinton’s personal server has increased to 1,340. Out of them, seven have been labeled as secrete.

None of the messages were searchable in the department’s online reading room by subject, sender or recipient. But Clinton has said again and again that she has not sent or received any classified material on her personal account. The State Department has claimed that the emails that are now ranked classified were not labeled at that time when they were sent.

The State Department has made the emails public after it was not able to fulfill a court given goal of releasing 82% of the 55,000 pages of emails. State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the latest release should be considered that the department is progressing to achieve that goal.

After every month, the messages have been released in batches. A federal judge has ordered that email release work should be done by January 29. The latest release has come a day after the department was criticized by its independent inspector general for coming up with ‘inaccurate and incomplete’ responses to public record requests during the time when Clinton was secretary of state.

The federal public records law does not permit and requires agencies to look for federal records in personal email accounts kept on personal servers or commercial providers like Gmail or Yahoo. The Freedom of Information Act analysts cannot independently look for federal records from these accounts unless employees take steps to save official emails in department record-keeping systems.

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