[The Political Sleuth’s Guide to the Clinton E-mails]

The Civic Center on WordPress, October 19, 2015
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KEY PERSONNEL SEARCH TIPS
CLASSIFICATION & FOIA SHARING
RECOMMENDED READING

KEY PERSONNEL

Hillary Rodham Clinton (H, HDR22@clintonemail.com, hrod17@clintonemail.com)
Secretary of State under Barack Obama, 2009-2013
biography

Huma Abedin (AbedinH@state.gov) Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Clinton and long time personal aide and advisor
biographical article

Cheryl D. Mills (MillsCD@state.gov) Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, senior adviser to her 2008 campaign, and a Deputy White House Counsel who represented Bill Clinton in 1999 impeachment trial
biographical article

Lauren C. Jiloty (JilotyLC@state.gov) Special Assistant to Secretary Clinton (2009-2011), Executive Assistant to Senator Clinton (2005-2009)
profile

Jacob J. Sullivan (SullivanJJ@state.gov) Director of Policy Planning, 2011-2013
brief profile

Sidney Blumenthal (sbwhoeop[REDACTED]) author and Clinton confidant
biographical article

SEARCH TIPS

Go to https://foia.state.gov/search/Search.aspx and enter “Hillary” and any other terms related to the information that you’re seeking. To see the most recently posted documents, you can sort the field ‘Posted Date’ in descending order.

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When you click on the subject, you will get a pop-up window of the document. To save it as a PDF or view it in a PDF reader, you may have to do Ctrl-click or move your mouse until a menu appears; doing FILE–>SAVE may not work.

If you get a blank screen, which often occurs with Keystone XL documents, click the tiny blue icon BlueArrow next to the subject line. In addition to Clinton e-mails, your search results will likely include speeches, letters, transcripts, press releases, and forwarded newspaper and magazine articles. Many messages are trivial, such as the e-mails from Clinton to Jiloty that are nothing more than requests to print forwarded material.

SHARING

Each document is identified by its document number and case number, which are found at the top and bottom of each page in each document. To create a link to the document, use the URL template
https://foia.state.gov/search/results.aspx?searchText=&caseNumber=
and insert the document number in the ‘searchText’ field and the ‘case number’in the corresponding field

From the sample document below, for example, the URL
https://foia.state.gov/search/results.aspx?searchText=C05779951&caseNumber=F-2014-20439
is created. You can then shorten it by using bitly.

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CLASSIFICATION AND FOIA

To make documents available as unclassified while maintaining privacy and security, parts of most e-mails are redacted under FOIA exemptions and required classifications. In the e-mails, the most common FOIA exemption is B6, protection of personal privacy. Others include B5, confidentiality of inter- or intra-agency communications, and B1 for classified information relating to foreign relations. For a list of all FOIA exemptions, see https://foia.state.gov/Learn/FOIA.aspx

Parts of documents are also classified according to Section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526. Classifications 1.4(B) and 1.4(D) are most relevant, with (B) referring foreign government information and (D) to foreign relations and confidential sources. Others pertain to military matters; refer to Section 1.4 for more information.

RECOMMENDED READING

(Content) “Hillary Clinton emails: ‘lazy’ Republicans, impeaching justices…and gefilte fish”
Ben Jacobs in Washington @Bencjacobs
The Guardian: September 1, 2015

(Security) “Hillary Clinton’s email server connection was vulnerable to hackers”
Associated Press in Washington
The Guardian: October 13, 2015

(Legality) “Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, explained”
Jonathan Allen, Editor
Vox.com: October 13, 2015

(Politics) “A ‘Cancer’ on the Clinton Candidacy: Inside the seven-month war within her campaign over the email scandal that just wouldn’t go away.”
Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni
Politico: November/December 2015

(Media relations) U.S. Dept. of State Daily Press Briefing
Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson, Washington, D.C.
Transcript: May 22, 2015

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