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    A security referral, not a criminal referral, was made to the Department of Justice about some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails that should have been classified as secret, the office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Friday, the New York Times reported that the Inspector General had asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information while using her personal e-mail during her time as Secretary of State.

    “IC IG made a referral detailing the potential compromise of classified information to security officials within the Executive Branch,” the statement read on Friday. “An important distinction is that the IC IG did not make a criminal referral — it was a security referral made for counterintelligence purposes.”

    The confusion surrounding Clinton’s e-mails followed after IC IG Charles McCullough said in a letter to a congressional Intelligence Oversight Committee on Thursday that he found at least four of Clinton’s e-mails should have been classified as secret and not sent through an unclassified system.

    On Friday, however, the Department of State denied that Clinton sent classified information through her personal e-mail account, while Clinton warned of inaccuracies in the news.

    In March 2015, Clinton came under scrutiny for using a personal e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State, raising questions about whether she had conducted official business from her private e-mail. At the time she stated that she did not use her personal e-mail server to send any classified material.

    Hillary Clinton is currently the Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential elections. Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and as Senator from the US state of New York from 2001 to 2009.

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