US State Department releases hundreds of new Clinton emails

US State Department reclassifies dozens out of hundreds of newly released Clinton emails

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US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016.

The US State Department on Saturday released a new set of 551 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, including 84 that have been reclassified as “confidential” or “secret”.

The democratic presidential candidate of the 2016 race, has been dealing with allegations regarding her use of a private email server while in office, rather than using a secure government system.

The State Department has so far released nearly 46,000 pages of emails out of a total 55,000 pages, all of which are expected to be published by the end of the month.

The latest release made public contains over 1,000 pages of documents sent to or from her private server.

The emails include 81 that were upgraded to a “confidential” classification, and three that were upgraded to “secret”, according to a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"The information we upgraded today was not marked classified at the time the emails were sent."

In January, a previous batch of emails containing 22 documents were not released, as they were marked as “top secret” documents.

In an email dated Aug. 21, 2012, Tom Malinowski, who went on to become the State Department’s assistant secretary for human rights, called on the administration to implement a no-fly zone in northern Syria.

“A few weeks ago, we would have said that a no-fly zone alone would be useless in Syria. Having spent time with numerous opposition leaders and seen how rebel forces have held out in Aleppo neighborhoods despite constant pounding, our team came away with the sense that this has changed - that taking out air power alone could allow the opposition to establish and consolidate a true safe area in the north.” he said.

The US stands aloof from supporting a no-fly zone in northern Syria, something that is a long-standing goal of ally Turkey.

President Barack Obama’s administration is rushing to release the remaining emails from Clinton’s server by a court-ordered deadline.

Clinton has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insisted that using a private email server did not jeopardize national security but the issue has been a major source of controversy in her presidential campaign.

TRTWorld and agencies