An internal watchdog group reveals the emails contained on Hillary Clinton’s private home server contained information classified at levels higher than previously known, including levels meant to protect the most sensitive U.S. intelligence. The Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III sent a letter to leaders on congressional intelligence committees on Tuesday. Two government agencies flagged emails on Clinton’s server as containing classified information, the inspector general said, including some on “special access programs.”
The Clinton campaign along with the State Department continued to deny that any information was handled improperly, saying that the information and emails in question were all retroactively classified. State Department officials noted that the same information can come from multiple sources, not all of which are classified. Two American intelligence officials tell NBC News these are not the same two emails from Clinton’s server that have long been reported as containing information deemed Top Secret. Former CIA Director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for sharing similarly classified information with Paula Broadwell, his biographer and mistress. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the department is still undergoing its review process.