You won't see 22 of Hillary Clinton's emails; they're now top secret

Previous State Department releases of Hillary Clinton emails have contained messages from her longtime friend and intelligence-provider, Sidney Blumenthal, that have been deemed to contain some classified information. "These documents were not marked classified at the time that they were sent". The Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said, "with even more emails on her secret server found to contain "Top Secret" information, Hillary Clinton has removed all doubt that she can not be trusted with the presidency".

That means the last of Clinton's emails will not be released until the end of February - after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary - and just before Super Tuesday, when voters in 11 states will cast ballots.

The Clinton campaign responded by demanding that the State Department release the emails right away so people can see for themselves that they're no big shakes-just a case of over-classification run amok-a problem that has reached epidemic levels in recent months and caused all kinds of headaches for poor Hillary.

At the time, several officials from different agencies suggested the disagreement over the drone emails reflected the government's tendency to over-classify material, and the lack of consistent policies across difference agencies about what should and shouldn't be classified. However, intelligence and diplomatic agencies frequently disagree over the level of classification, and it's not unusual for documents to be reclassified. The top secret emails revealed today won't be released in any way; they'll simply be withheld. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are in close to a dead heat in Iowa, which will hold its caucuses Monday.

There are also 22 emails that have been heavily redacted due to the inclusion of state secrets marked "top secret".

Clinton's campaign has been dogged, however, by allegations that her use of a private email server, rather than a secure government system, while in office, had put U.S. secrets at risk.

In an interview with NBC News that was recorded before the State Department's announcement Clinton dismissed the issue as a political problem.

Department officials would not describe the substance of the emails or say if Mrs Clinton sent any herself. Information need not have been classified at that time for Clinton to be in legal jeopardy.

Kirby would not say when the review began or how long it would go, and acknowledged that it's possible there could be classified emails that were not marked as such.

Following a court-ordered schedule, the State Department has already released most of the roughly 30,000 work emails Clinton returned to the department.

In one, Clinton received secret information relating to Afghanistan that, as shown by the redaction code, came from "Intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology", on her private, unsecure server.

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