• Hillary’s ‘Top Secret’ Emails Contained Drone Plans

    U.S. officials have disclosed that one of the subjects on the emails from Hillary Clinton‘s private server allegedly contained information about an operation that involved drones, according to a  new report from the Associated Press.

    The anonymous official wouldn’t elaborate on the content of the email due to remaining questions about the classification level.

    The official said that the emails did not make any specific references to any confidential intelligence methods, communications intercepts, or other forms of sensitive sourcing.

    Clinton did not transmit the sensitive information herself.

    The conversation within the email began with reference to a news article dealing with CIA anti-terrorist drone program in the Middle East, a program is top secret, but it is often reported on.

    A second email reviewed by the intelligence community inspector general Charles McCullough appears more problematic, officials said.

    According to the Associated Press:

    Nothing in the message is “lifted” from classified documents, they said, though they differed on where the information in it was sourced. Some said it improperly points back to highly classified material, while others countered that it was a classic case of what the government calls “parallel reporting” — receiving information the government considers secret through “open source” channels.

    The issue came to light Tuesday after Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said McCullough found four “highly classified” emails on the unusual private server that Clinton used while she was secretary of state. Two were sent back to the State Department for review, but Grassley said the other two were, in fact, classified at the closely guarded “Top Secret/SCI level.” SCI stands for “sensitive compartmented information,” which can only be examined under strict security protocols.

    In a four-page fact sheet that accompanied a letter to Clinton supporters, Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri stressed that Clinton was permitted to use her own email account as a government employee and that the same process concerning classification reviews would still be taking place had she used the standard “state.gov” email account used by most department employees. The State Department, meanwhile, stressed that it wasn’t clear if the material at issue ought to be considered classified at all.

    Clinton has a lot of explaining to do even if the emails highlighted by the intelligence community prove innocuous, like why she set up the private server unless she had a need to avoiding scrutiny, or how she appropriately shielded her emails from possible foreign spies and hackers.

    Former intelligence officials say it’s a certainty that her server was compromised by foreign intelligence services.

    Clinton herself has largely avoided discussing the scandal’s developments herself on the campaign trail, but recently released a statement urging supporters to pay the scandal no mind.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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