Clinton Claims Emails Retroactively Classified

Admits classified material on server

Hillary Clinton's campaign now admits that classified information was on the private email server, the one she wiped clean "with a cloth or something," but the campaign says the emails were not classified at the time. The Wall Street Journal reports that Clinton aides now claim, even in the face of information to the contrary, that Clinton received emails that were deemed classified only after the fact.

“She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

Mrs. Clinton has been criticized for using a private email server when she was in office. Since 2013, the server was maintained by a small Denver company and stored at a secure data center in New Jersey until it was turned over to the FBI last week. Her use of the server has prompted an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

Meanwhile more questions are being asked about the small Colorado company Clinton hired to handle her email server. Reports have indicated the company ran all traffic through servers set up in a bathroom closet. The company until just a couple of years ago was run out of a loft apartment.

Platte River Networks didn’t know about any classified material on the server, a spokesman, Andy Boian, said Wednesday.

Mr. Boian said the Clinton server was picked up at the Clintons’ home in New York and moved to a “secure data center in New Jersey,” where it operated until last week. He said the computer was operational when Platte River took possession of it. “It was an email server,” he said, “That’s what they used it for.”

Pointing to two emails that helped spark the FBI probe, the Clinton campaign said State Department officials considered the material unclassified at the time it was sent. The controversy, said Mr. Fallon, amounts to a dispute between different agencies within the Obama administration about what constitutes classified material and what should be released publicly.  

To make matters worse, McClatchy is reporting that the State Department knew of a hack that exposed some of Clinton's emails back in 2013 but could not act on the act because the email ran on a non-government server.