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State Department Releases Last Batch of Clinton Emails


Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a "Get Out The Vote" rally at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Feb. 28, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a "Get Out The Vote" rally at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Feb. 28, 2016.

The U.S. State Department has released the final batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server, the night before so-called Super Tuesday when voters will choose their Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in at least 11 states and one territory.

The issue has dogged Clinton while she has campaigned to become the Democratic nominee.

Monday's release brings the total to more than 52,000 emails, including some 2,000 that were censored for containing information now deemed classified.

The final batch contains about 3,800 pages, including one sensitive email containing an exchange on North Korea's nuclear program that U.S. intelligence agencies had pushed to have designated "top secret,'' the highest level of classification.

But State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the intelligence community had revised its initial assessment and determined the information was "secret,'' the next lower classification.

The periodic releases have kept Clinton's email practices in the headlines, fueling the controversy over her exclusive use of a private email account while serving as the top U.S. diplomat.

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