Hillary Clinton’s private email account was a big enough secret at the State Department that the agency’s computer help-desk experts didn’t recognize her address when they saw it. ‘They had no idea it was YOU,’ her top aide Human Abedin remarked at the time.
Although she would claim years later that she carried only a single email device – her personal Blackberry – out of ‘convenience,’ Clinton emailed her press guru in 2010 to ask for help learning to use her new iPad.
And the once-and-future presidential candidate couldn’t get skim milk for her tea – and was at a loss to figure out what time to catch ‘Parks and Recreation’ or ‘The Good Wife’ on TV.
So she emailed an aide to help with both problems. Not the same aide, however, who went 100 hours without sleep so he could finish writing a speech for her.
These glimpses into Clinton’s life as America’s top diplomat came via a massive document dump released Monday night by the State Department – more than 7,000 pages of emails from her infamous private server including 125 messages retroactively stamped ‘classified’ by the U.S. Intelligence Community.
That brings to 189 the total of classified messages that Clinton and her campaign team will continue to insist weren’t considered state secrets when she sent or received them.
The public can only see bits and pieces of them, the portions that aren’t considered too secret to public, and likely won’t know what the fuss was about until 2035.
While those newly classified emails are mostly or entirely ‘redacted’ – blacked out – the thousands that remain provide a glimpse into the mundane, the bizarre and the politically curious.
Even the unclassified emails are often redacted, though, as part of the process of vetting and scrubbing documents before they are released under the Freedom Of Information Act.