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Clinton defends telling aide to send 'nonsecure' memo

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:05

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton maintains she never sent classified information via email as Secretary of State, as questions arise over her instruction to have a talking points memo sent to her in 2011 by a nonsecure system after it could not be sent by secure fax. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answered more questions over her use of a private email account while heading the State Department. Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Clinton maintained she never sent classified information via email when she was Secretary of State even though she instructed a staffer in 2011 to send her a talking points memo by a nonsecure system after it could not be sent by secure fax. "As the State Department said just this week that did not happen and it never would have happened because that's just not the way I treated classified information," Clinton said. Questions about Clinton's use of a private email account while leading the State Department have been a recurring problem for her Democratic presidential campaign. Republicans have criticized her for skirting the rules and endangering national security. Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the November 2016 White House election, has apologized for using the private email server set up at her New York home. She has repeatedly said she never sent or received classified information through it. But the latest batch of emails sheds light on her sometimes contradictory attitudes about email security. In June 2011, after an aide said staffers were having trouble sending her talking points by secure fax, Clinton advised: "If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure." It was unclear what the talking points, which are typically used to summarize material to be discussed in public, were about or whether they contained any sensitive or classified information. The emails were among 3,000 pages made public on Friday by the State Department, which was running late on a court-ordered schedule requiring that 82 percent of her 55,000 emails be released by the end of December.

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Clinton defends telling aide to send 'nonsecure' memo

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 01:05