THREE HUNDRED (300) E-MAILS FLAGGED FOR CLASSIFICATION REVIEW — THUMB DRIVES WITH HILLARY’S E-MAILS CLIMBS TO THREE (3) — HAD THEY BEEN IN POSSESSION/CONTROL OF UN-AUTHORIZED PERSON — HILLARY’S I-T CONTRACTOR NOT AUTHORIZED TO HANDLE “CLASSIFIED” DATA — HILLARY’S I-T CONTRACTOR INDICATES THAT ALL E-MAILS MIGHT HAVE BEEN PUT ON A BACK-UP SERVER
STATE DEPARTMENT REPORTS TO FEDERAL COURT THAT THREE HUNDRED (300) HILLARY CLINTON E-MAILS HAVE BEEN FLAGGED FOR REVIEW FOR CONTAINING “CLASSIFIED” MATERIAL
POSSIBLY “CLASSIFIED” E-MAILS REACHES 300 ACCORDING TO STATE DEPARTMENT LETTER TO COURTAccording to a report by Politico, “Intelligence agencies are pushing forward with their reviews of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal account that might contain classified information, while a top Republican lawmaker is questioningwhether Clinton’s personal attorney had the proper clearances to handle material deemed ‘TOP SECRET.’... The intelligence agencies flagged 300 emails that warrant further scrutiny, according to a court filing the State Department made to explain to U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras why it is taking so long to make the emails public under the Freedom of Information act....” ( See “300 Hillary Clinton emails screened for classified info” by Josh Gerstein, 8/17/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/hillary-clinton-emails-300-screened-121438.html]).
Politico provided these additional observations about the likely scale of E-mails to be reviewed: “.... The new figure of 300 warranting further scrutiny.suggests [sic] that by the time officials finish wading through the roughly 30,000 emails the former secretary of state returned to her agency last year, about 1,500 are likely to be referred to intelligence agencies to see if they contain national security secrets.... ‘Out of a sample of approximately 20% of the Clinton emails, the [Intelligence Community] reviewers have only recommended 305 documents — approximately 5.1% — for referral to their agencies for consultation,’ Justice Department lawyer Robert Prince wrote in a court filing [ to U.S.D.J. Contreras] related to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News....”
LEADING SENATOR QUESTION HRC’S LAWYER ABOUT QUESTIONABLE HANDLING OF THREE (3) THUMB DRIVESAlso in the same Politico article by Josh Gerstein, “Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Clinton attorney David Kendall to explain how he secured three thumb drives containing back up copies of roughly 30,000 emails Clinton gave to her former agency in printed form last year.... ‘It appears the FBI has determined that your clearance is not sufficient to allow you to maintain custody of the emails,’ Grassley wrote in a letter sent to Kendall Friday and obtained by POLITICO. ‘Reporting indicates that Secretary Clinton may have provided you copies of her emails in December 2014 and that government officials realized that the emails contained classified information in May 2015 yet the Department of State did not deliver a safe to store the thumb drives until July 2015.’... Grassley suggested it was unlikely that a safe — reportedly in Kendall’s law office — would by itself be deemed adequate to hold data classified at the “TOP SECRET/Secure Compartmented Information” level.... [E]arlier this month, her personal lawyer David Kendall turned over to the FBI three thumb drives containing copies of the messages. The FBI has also taken possession of at least one server that was used to store Clinton’s emails after she left the State Department....”
HILLARY’S I-T CONTRACTOR NOT AUTHORIZED TO HANDLE “CLASSIFIED” DATA — BUT — SAME CONTRACTOR INDICATED EXISTENCE OF A BACK-UP SERVER FOR HILLARY’S E-MAILSIt had been previously reported on this blog that HRC’s IT contractor, Platte River Networks, was not among the 13,000 IT contractors authorized to handle “classified” information (See “UPDATE & BACKFILL: THE 'CONTINENTAL DIVIDE OF I-T CONTRACTORS ' EDITION” -- comment by Galewyn Massey above, 8/17/15 ).
However, it should be noted that according to many news outlets, Platte River Networks , which is the Denver-based cybersecurity firm that Hillary Clinton hired in 2013 to maintain her old email server, says that probably a full backup of the device was made; and as a result, the thousands of emails Clinton deleted might still exist ( See e.g., “IT firm hired by Hillary Clinton: It's 'highly likely' there's a backup of emails she deleted” by Natasha Bertrand, 8/17/15, The Business Insider [http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-it-firm-platte-river-says-email-backups-are-likely-2015-8]).
For example, according to the report in the Business Insider, “.... The IT firm hired by Hillary Clinton to oversee her private server has told ABC it is "highly likely" a backup copy of the server was made, meaning any emails Clinton deleted before she handed the server over to investigators may still be accessible....”