Watchdog group Judicial Watch forced the DOJ into a spot where it had no other choice but to release emails found on disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner, who was nailed for sending lewd photos of himself to a teen girl, is the former husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin.
At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on Weiner’s laptop computer. The emails were those of Huma Abedin, who served as deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Clinton.
The State Department released hundreds of pages of materials Friday afternoon, including a total of eight pages classified at the ‘confidential level,’ the third most sensitive level the U.S. government uses.
The confidential classification level is applied to information whose unauthorized disclosure ‘reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security,’
The emails date from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and concern discussions with Middle East leaders including some from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.
Large portions, including entire pages, were redacted before the documents’ release.
EMAIL #1: A portion of the email below was detailed classified and can’t be seen by the public; the rest was a list of talking points for Clinton to use when talking to the Saudi foreign minister about the impending WikiLeaks publication of a massive trove of U.S. diplomatic cables
EMAIL #2: Classified email discusses a phone call a Clinton deputy had with Abdullah bin Zayed, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates
EMAIL #3: Page 1 of a 4-page classified document, which served as a ‘call sheet’ to guide Hillary Clinton through a sensitive phone call with Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu
EMAIL #4: One page of a document released Friday is heavily redacted and marked ‘classified’; it mentions ‘update on Hamas-PA talks,’ referring to the Palestinian Authority
Although Weiner was once a member of Congress, he had resigned his position and thus, as a civilian he should have no access to reading classified documents without a security clearance.
It’s unclear whether Weiner had such a clearance while he was a public official, but he didn’t serve on any House committees that would tend to expose him to sensitive foreign policy matters.
Friday’s revelation will pose new public-image problems for Clinton, who has long faced tough questions over what the FBI has called her ‘careless’ handling of classified material.
Judicial Watch should be credited for its diligence in this matter. Full disclosure, Dennis Michael Lynch is a donor to the organization.
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