According to reports, Hillary Clinton received two emails classified as “top secret” to her personal account while serving as secretary of state. The special intelligence review found that one of them contained information about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The classified nature of the emails was initially up for debate—Clinton’s campaign argued that the messages may have undeservingly received a stricter classification. But this most recent investigation found that the emails in question were considered “top secret” (the highest classification) when they were sent in 2011.

The New York Times reports:

I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general for the intelligence community, found the two emails containing what he determined was “Top Secret” information in the course of reviewing a sampling of 40 of Mrs. Clinton’s work-related emails for potential security breaches.

The senior intelligence officials briefed on the findings of the review spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize their access to sensitive information.

“Classification is rarely a black and white question, and it is common for the State Department to engage internally and with our interagency partners to arrive at the appropriate decision,” said State Department spokesperson John Kirby in a statement. “Very often both the State Department and the intelligence community acquire information on the same matter through separate channels. Thus, there can be two or more separate reports and not all of them based on classified means. At this time, any conclusion about the classification of the documents in question would be premature.”

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On Monday, Hillary Clinton was reluctant to take the fall, noting that she followed the law during her time in office: “What I did was allowed by the State Department,” she said to the Associated Press. “It was fully above board.”

However, in a clip of an interview with David Muir of ABC News on Tuesday, Clinton offered an actual apology: “That was a mistake,” she said. “I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.”


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