Months after her tenure as secretary of state had ended, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clintonused her private email server to send classified information, according to an email document obtained by the Republican National Committee.
“Hillary Clinton’s secret server jeopardized our national security and sensitive diplomatic efforts on more than 2,000 occasions, and shockingly, it now appears her reckless conduct continued even after leaving the State Department,” said Jason Miller, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Hillary Clinton’s terrible judgment shows she cannot be trusted with our national security.”
The email, first reported by the New York Post, was sent by Clinton in May 2013 to various State Department officials and aides. It contained information about something called the “123 deal” with the United Arab Emirates.
“The deal referenced was a 2009 pact between the U.S. and UAE to share nuclear energy information and materials. The United Arab Emirates also agreed not to pursue potential routes to crafting an atomic weapon such as enriching uranium or extracting plutonium,” NBC News reported.
Much of the email was redacted.
According the New York Post, information in the email would be declassified in 2033 and that redactions were necessary because the email contained “information regarding foreign governors,” and because it contained “foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.”
“Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information was so pervasive, it continued after she left government,” Republican National Committee research director Raj Shah said. “She clearly can’t be trusted with our nation’s security.”
The RNC obtained the email in response to a Freedom of Information request.
Clinton’s handling of sensitive documents has been criticized by the FBI, which is planning to release documents from its investigation into Clinton within the next few days.
The FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server found that Clinton and her aides “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” FBI Director James Comey said in announcing the results of the FBI probe.
“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,” he said.
Comey has said the lack of security on Clinton’s server was troubling.
“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail,” he added.