Hillary Clinton responded this afternoon to a new report that there were “Special Access Program” emails on her private server, which is a classification level beyond top secret.
Earlier today, Clinton’s press secretary accused the inspector general of working with Republicans to take Clinton down.
Clinton didn’t go quite that far in her interview with NPR, but did say that this is simply “another effort to inject this into the campaign.”
She explained this is just “the continuation of an inter-agency dispute that has been going on now for some months.”
And Clinton continued to insist that she never sent nor received classified material.
Though on the specific emails in question here, Clinton thinks it may have had something to do with a New York Times article she was sent:
She said “the best we can determine” is that the emails in question were a forward of a New York Times article on a classified drone program and that they had likely been retroactively classified.
“How a New York Times public article that goes around the world could be in any way viewed as classified, or the fact that it would be sent to other people off of the New York Times site, I think, is one of the difficulties that people have in understanding what this is about,” Clinton said.
Though the drone program was classified at the time, it was being written about publicly, which Clinton said, “strikes me as somewhat strange that there would be a — an effort by those who are leaking this — and obviously that’s what’s happening — to try to raise concerns and doubts about information in the public sector.”
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