Classified US State Department Info Found on Anthony Weiner's Laptop

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Book Expo event in New York Thursday

The State Department posted a number of emails belonging to former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday after the messages were found on Anthony Weiner's laptop by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin's emails on Weiner's laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials", Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said about the release. The release was a result of a lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that specializes in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuits.

The emails played a significant role in the 2016 election, as the discovery on Weiner's computer in October pushed Comey to announce he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and her handling of classified information when she served as secretary of state.

The Daily Mail has identified eight emails containing "confidential" information; the third highest government classification indicates intelligence that "reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security". Examination of Weiner's computer led then Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey to announce shortly before the 2016 election that he was reopening his probe into Clinton's use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama. She was married to Weiner, a former NY congressman at the time.

"One notable document told Clinton to warn Al-Saud of an impending leak of "'details of private conversations with your government on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan" that would be released by WikiLeaks.

The email markings indicate the message was never opened by Weiner on his account, but Judicial Watch pointed to that and other messages as evidence of Clinton and Abedin's "obvious violations of law" and called on DOJ to investigate them.

The rest of the document is redacted and marked classified as of August 2015.

Another email, sent in May 2012, was marked "classified" and "confidential". That unrelated case was NY prosecutors' separate investigation into allegations that Weiner - a former NY congressman and the estranged husband of Abedin - had sexted with an underage girl.

The search warrant and supporting documents unsealed previous year shed new light on how the FBI framed its argument for access to the emails and what federal investigators hoped to find. In September, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor.

CNN has previously reported it was likely that some of the emails stored on Weiner's laptop contained classified information, and fired FBI Director Comey testified that there is no indication Abedin "had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law".

During the original criminal investigation into Clinton, agents found Abedin had printed classified information from Clinton's email server from her home computer.

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