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August 17, 2015

Number of Classified Documents Discovered on Hillary's Server Swells, Ankle-Like, to 305; Key Hillary Aide, Who State Once Said They Had No Responsive Documents About in a FOIA Blow-Off, Now Finds... 17,000 Responsive Documents

Three hundred and five.

And counting.

And remember, this is only a sample of the emails she was willing to disclose.

More than 300 of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails -- or 5.1 percent of those processed so far -- have been flagged for potential secret information, the State Department reported to a federal court Monday.


The reviewers have screened about 20 percent of the 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton returned to the department, which means if the rate of potentially secret information remains steady, more than 1,500 messages will have to be sent to intelligence community agencies, known in government as "IC," to screen out classified information.

"Out of a sample of approximately 20% of the Clinton emails, the IC reviewers have only recommended 305 documents -- approximately 5.1% --for referral to their agencies for consultation," the Obama administration said in new court papers.

"Only." Now, I don't know the context of that line; it could have been written to reassure the judge they will get back on track in releasing her emails to the public after having fallen behind. That is, they could be saying: "Only" 5% are classified, so we think we'll be able to release these emails per your schedule, Your Honor.

Still -- "Only" 1-in-20 of her emails contained, illegally, classified information.

Meanwhile, Gawker makes big news on this front.

The State Department's figures for the number of documents responsive to the FOIA request having swelled from "0" to "nearly 18,000," Gawker writes:

It is not clear how the State Department managed to locate this tranche of Reines' correspondence when it had previously asserted that the emails simply didn't exist. These newly discovered records are from Reines' government account, and are not related to the 20 boxes of government-business emails stored on his personal account the Reines recently handed over to the government, despite his prior claims to Gawker that his official use of non-governmental email was limited: "My personal email was the last place I wanted reporters intruding."

Considering the number of potentially responsive emails contained in Reines' State.gov email account, it's hard to see the agency’s initial denial as anything other than willful incompetence--f not the conscious effort, or the result of someone else's conscious effort, to stonewall news outlets.

Hm, I wonder who they could possibly mean by that.

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