Officials confirm 2016 Democrat Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored “top secret” emails on her controversial server that has been the subject of an FBI investigation.
According to The Hill:
“A pair of emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server was indeed “top secret” when they passed through her machine, intelligence officials have concluded, according to a pair of reports.
The tentative finding comes despite opposition from the State Department, which had disputed the initial classification level handed down by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
According to Fox News, one official called the decision to classify the messages at the highest level a “settled matter.”
One of the two emails has since been downgraded to the “secret” level of classification, both Fox and Politico reported.
Still, the intelligence community’s insistence that the emails were “top secret” when they passed through Clinton’s machine is likely to cause new headaches for her front-runner Democratic presidential campaign, which has long battled allegations about Clinton’s exclusive use of a “home brew” email setup throughout her tenure as secretary of State. By using a personal email address housed on a private server, her email correspondence might not have been protected by the same security standards as official government emails, critics have warned, potentially making critical secrets vulnerable to hackers.”