Despite Hillary Clinton’s repeated assertions that none of the emails she sent or received on her private email server while serving as U.S. Secretary of State contained classified material, the State Department has found that over 5% of the latest batch of Clinton emails contain state secrets.
The newest batch of emails was released Wednesday in compliance with a court order under which the State Department will examine and release over 30,000 of Clinton’s emails in monthly batches before the end of January.
The percent of emails in this latest batch found retroactively to contain classified information is more than double that of the previous batches of emails examined.
Clinton’s emails have come under scrutiny after it was revealed that as Secretary of State she used a private email address and server linked to her home instead of a more secure State.gov account as is dictated by federal policy.
The Washington Times reports:
All told, there are at least 400 messages that contain information the government now deems classified, out of nearly 12,000 emails released so far.
But 214 of those messages came in the latest batch of 3,869 messages, for a classification rate of 5.5 percent.
The emails were not officially designated as classified at the time they were sent or received, but U.S. officials later made the determination that they contained information that should not be released to the general public. Clinton has used this semantic distinction to argue that she has not broken any laws or violated State Department policy.
The question remains why the rate of material deemed classified has more than doubled between this latest batch of emails and the ones previously examined.
The Washington Times speculates that this discrepancy “rais[es] tricky questions about whether the department is finding more secrets or being more thorough in screening the messages.”