Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest

For months, the U.S. State Department has stood behind its former boss Hillary Clinton as she has repeatedly said she did not send or receive classified information on her unsecured, private email account, a practice the government forbids.

While the department is now stamping a few dozen of the publicly released emails as “Classified,” it stresses this is not evidence of rule-breaking. Those stamps are new, it says, and do not mean the information was classified when Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election, first sent or received it.

But the details included in those “Classified” stamps — which include a string of dates, letters and numbers describing the nature of the classification — appear to undermine this account, a Reuters examination of the emails and the relevant regulations has found.

  • Xavier

    The law is predicated on intent, not plausible deniability.

  • Oil and beef

    So there’s classified, then there’s the other classified? WTF?

    • It’s gonna get even more interesting when Bill’s email turns up on Ashley Madison.

  • Brett_McS

    The only thing keeping her in the race are the geriatrics waiting in the wings. It’s getting too late for an Obama-style bolt from the blue.

  • Tom Forsythe

    The document every single person who handles classified documents MUST sign clearly defines classified materials as including both marked and unmarked files.

    Look at this thing; even Hillary Clinton can’t wiggle out of it:

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How does she look in the mirror and think she has even the slightest chance of winning?
    Oh and by the way.
    Rick Baerg, I have been told you are dead now.
    But, you fucked my ex-girlfriend before she had the decency to break up with me.
    So, burn in hell.
    I hope you had aides like that subway guy.
    If you are still alive I am going to find you.