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Follow “Jamie DupreeDemocratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking last week at New York University, has insisted she never sent classified information from her private email server. A freshly released batch of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department details the delight with which the Clinton camp greeted publication of a Parade cover story by journalist Leslie Gelb chronicling a day in the life of the secretary of state. “Photo is gorgeous,” writes aide Philippe Reines in an Oct. 24, 2009, e-mail to Clinton and aides Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin. The positive story by Gelb, noted Reines, would reach 70 million people via Parade’s distribution as a Sunday newspaper insert across the country. “69 million probably never open it up and just see it in the Sunday paper, so the cover is the ballgame,” writes Reines. “Story is basically an excuse for the cover. With the subject line: “Secretary of Awesome,” a Clinton top aide e-mailed around a glowing article in New York Magazine (this one) with a video of her boss dancing with locals in Nairobi, Kenya. The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September.

The new batch of emails contain discussions concerning the prosecution of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in federal court, the transfer of detainees from the US base at Guantanamo to Belgium, and a controversy surrounding a speech about combatting sexual violence she gave in which she said that rape was used as a tactic in armed conflicts in countries like Sri Lanka. The government on Friday released 2,206 pages of emails, roughly 12 percent of the 55,000 pages Clinton had turned over to department lawyers earlier this year. Many of the e-mails focused on personnel matters, such as hiring a new speechwriter and discussion of a person — whose name was redacted — who had sought an ambassador post. The correspondence also contains this quip from Reines: “Plus — I made a new friend in Les Gelb — we have connected on our love of cats (he has 3).” The e-mails include communications from Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time Clinton confidant who in several e-mails notes to her published editorials on a range of topics.

Charles McCullough III, alerted the FBI to a potential security violation arising from Clinton’s use of a private server located in her home, a counterintelligence referral the office says it is required to make under law. Congress, such as confirmation votes for ambassadors and the 2009 Obamacare votes in the Senate. “This evening cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to Majority Leader Reid’s health care bill, 60 to 39. The Clinton campaign also released a letter from her doctor on Friday, who described the Democratic presidential candidate as in “excellent physical condition and “fit to serve as president of the United States.” The letter addresses Clinton’s health in 2012, when she sustained a concussion after fainting – a result of a stomach virus and dehydration. The inspector general said his office has found four emails containing classified information while reviewing a limited sample of 40 of the emails provided by Clinton.

One informed her that Bill de Blasio — a former Clinton aide — had won his 2009 primary runoff for New York City public advocate and passed along his mobile phone number, which was redacted. In a letter he emailed her on June 14, 2009, a time when new revelations about the CIA’s torture program were surfacing, Blumenthal briefed Clinton about an article that New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer had written about the torture program, saying that her story contained “many moving and uncontrolled parts… which has become chronic and will flare up again and again.” The emails showed that the questions Clinton raised about certain issues and her responses were often[ok? The emails also contained quirky tidbits, such as a discussion about how to use a fax machine and questions about why people were “Twittering” at Clinton. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., in May 2009 under the subject line “Aid dir.” The substance of the messages was censored for reasons of personal privacy and to protect confidential deliberations, but it was sent the same day a senior director for Guyana at the U.S.

In the e-mails released Friday, Clinton’s team occasionally scoffed at the notion that there was still tension left over from the 2008 presidential race between her State Department and President Barack Obama’s team in the White House. “Just shows you that it’s near impossible to take issue with the job you’re doing it, which is why the political reporters have to resort to the manufactured drama of interactions with the WH,” communications adviser Philippe Reines wrote in September 2009 after Clinton remarked on positive press coverage. An initial batch of 296 e-mails was released in May after being provided to the Republican-led House committee into the 2012 Benghazi attacks, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador. Clinton has been ensnared in controversy over her use of private emails since last March, and it has already taken a toll on her presidential campaign, according to opinion polls. Previous emails released by the agency revealed that Clinton received information on her private account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was retroactively classified as “secret” at the request of the FBI.

Her correspondence also contained several messages that were deemed sensitive but unclassified, detailed her daily schedule and contained information — censored in the documents as released — about the CIA that the government is barred from publicly disclosing. There was no indication from emails released so far that Clinton’s home computer system used encryption software to communicate securely with government email services. The parts that aren’t exempt from disclosure under FOIA are to be released on a rolling basis every 30 days, with the release completed by the end of January. A federal judge rebuked the agency this week for failing to respond to FOIA requests filed four years ago by the Associated Press for Clinton-related documents.

A Republican-led House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, also is examining emails of Clinton and other former department officials, raising the possibility of further revelations into 2016. Clinton’s work-related emails are considered government records and are supposed to be preserved on the State Department’s servers in accordance with the Federal Records Act so that journalists, historians, and the public can access them. At Clinton’s Oct. 22 scheduled appearance before the Benghazi committee, members are set to question her about Benghazi and her e-mail arrangement as secretary, as it relates to the committee’s investigation, committee spokesman Jamal Ware said in a statement.

In a declaration filed in response to VICE News’s FOIA lawsuit, John Hackett, a top State Department FOIA official, said that Clinton turned over her emails in “paper form in 12 bankers’ boxes” last December, and 12 department employees assigned to reviewing her emails had to hand scan all of them, which took five weeks to complete.

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