U.S. state dept. posts latest batch of Clinton emails

The equivalent of 7,800 pages of messages, mostly from 2012 and 2013, were checked for classified information and then made public. (Screenshot via FOIA)

The State Department has released a new tranche of about 5,000 emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton when she served as top U.S. diplomat and controversially used a private email server.

The equivalent of 7,800 pages of messages, mostly from 2012 and 2013, were checked for classified information and then made public on a department website.

Among the emails was apparent acknowledgement from Clinton, perhaps the world’s most important diplomat at the time, that her email and Blackberry device were down for two weeks following Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the northeast coast in October 2012.

“Between losing my internet/berry service for two weeks during Sandy and jet lagging around the world, I’m not sure what I never received but am trying to crawl out from under the ones that are piled up in my in box,” Clinton wrote longtime friend Betsy Ebeling on November 14, 2012 during a trip to Australia.

The exact location of Clinton’s server has been a mystery, but Clinton’s main residence is in Chappaqua, New York. According to reports at the time, power was out in parts of Chappaqua for two weeks after Sandy.

In total, 66 percent of Clinton’s archived official correspondence has now been made public, the State Department said.
The disclosures are required under an earlier court order that demanded all 55,000 pages of Clinton’s work-related emails be released by January 20, 2016.

Clinton says she deleted her personal, non-work emails.

The period notably includes December 2012, when Clinton suffered a head injury that forced her to rest for a few weeks. She received several emails of encouragement during that time.

Clinton acknowledged in March that she exclusively used a private email account and private server from 2009 to 2013 while secretary of state, opting against a government account despite official recommendations.

The issue erupted into a scandal as she was preparing to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign, and remained a Republican talking point for months as they sought to knock down the Democratic frontrunner.

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