The US State Department on Monday released 7,000 pages of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails which she kept in a private server including 125 emails containing classified information which have been redacted before their release.
Parts of the emails were redacted because they contained confidental content.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner stated that the redacted information from the emails was not previously classified but has been upgraded to classified status as time has passed.
He also said the process of re-evaulating unreleased emails is still continuing and confirmed that none of the emails released so far were directly marked as “classified.”
Hillary Clinton has been accused of violating US State Department protocols, procedures and Federal laws regarding recordkeeping by using an unofficial server.
In March, the State Department confirmed in a statement that Clinton used her private email account to conduct official government business during her four years of tenure. Clinton submitted the emails to the State Department, except for the ones that she said were “personal.”
Following the statement, the State Department was ordered by court to release seven percent of the emails every 30 days starting on June 30. According to this schedule, all of the emails must be released by January 29, 2016.
The latest set of redacted emails contain discussions on the politics of Russia, China and Sudan.
The unclassified emails contain much discussion from Clinton’s circle. In one email from June 2010, Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s long term friend passed along his assesment on a crisis in Kyrgyzstan.
One email from Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin attached a situation report from the US' former ambassador to China which was also entirely redacted and marked as sensitive but wasn’t upgraded to classified status.
Hillary Clinton faced heavy criticism after the release of the emails.
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus expressed his concens over the Clinton emails. He said, “On hundreds of occasions, Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to skirt transparency laws put sensitive information and our national security at risk”.
Candidate for the Republican 2016 presidential nommination, Donald Trump, criticised the current situation on his twitter account. He said, “150 Clinton E-mails still contain classified information. More sensitive when she was Sec.of State. This is a very big deal.”
Clinton defended herself by stating, “If I had had a separate government account ... we would be going through the same process, it has nothing to do with me and it has nothing to do with the fact that my account was personal."