During an interview this morning on This Week, Hillary Clinton called on the State Department to publish 22 top secret e-mails. “Let’s just get it out,” the Democratic front-runner told host George Stephanopoulos. “Let’s see what it is and let the American people draw their own conclusions.”
Clinton’s proposal came in response to Stephanopoulos challenging her over a non-disclosure agreement she signed as secretary of state that required her to treat unmarked classified materials as classified.
“That’s exactly what I did,” Clinton replied. ”I take classified information very seriously. You know, you can’t get information off the classified system in the State Department to put onto an unclassified system, no matter what that system is.”
Clinton also argued that classified material “has to” contain “some markings”:
We were very specific about that and you — when you receive information, of course, there has to be some markings, some indication that someone down the chain had thought that this was classified and that was not the case. The final thing I would say because clearly the best answer to all of this is release and disclose these materials is that what I’m told is that this chain of emails very well included a published newspaper report. That seems a little hard to understand, that we would be retroactively over classifying a public newspaper article. So let’s just get it out. Let’s see what it is and let the American people draw their own conclusions.
Clinton likened the e-mail controversy to Benghazi, insisting it’s a an issue Republicans are using to “beat up on me.”