5 classified emails found on Weiner's laptop despite Comey's clearance of Clinton and Abedin
At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.There is more including copies of the redacted emails. This release appears to show violations in the handling of classified material. This raises further questions about why Comey said there were no violations. It has been suggested by some that Comey only reopened the case because the NYPD found the material on the laptop when they seized it. There may have been some fear that this would blow up even bigger if he did not step in and try to smooth over the situation.
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.
Three of them were sent either to or from an address called 'BBB Backup,' which one email identifies as a backup of a Blackberry Bold 9700, presumably belonging to Abedin.
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.
Another is a four-page 'call sheet' meant to guide Clinton through a sensitive phone call with Benjamin Netanyahu.
A third is a detailed rundown of issues Clinton was expecting to address during a call with Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who served as Saudi Arabia's foreign minister until 2015.
Only one small portion of that email was deemed classified by intelligence agencies that reviewed it before releasing it to the public.
The call sheet itself related mostly to the expected publication of a massive trove of U.S. diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks organization.
'This appears to be the result of an illegal act in which a fully cleared intelligence officer stole information and gave it to a website. The person responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,' the call sheet advised her to say.
The then-secretary of state was warning the Saudis about impending leaks of 'details of private conversations with your government on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.'