Hillary Clinton dismissed a new report broadening the claim that she mishandled classified information as an attempt to cast a shadow on her presidential campaign.
Several dozen emails Clinton sent over a private server while secretary of State contained information classified even higher than top secret, the inspector general for the intelligence community wrote to lawmakers last week in a letter obtained by Fox News.
Clinton said she thought the timing of what she called leaks should cast doubt on the validity of the report.
“This seems to me to be, you know, another effort to inject this into the campaign,” she told NPR. “It's another leak."
Republican Party spokesman Michael Short, in turn, questioned Clinton’s own credibility.
"The revelation that Clinton exposed intelligence from our most secretive and highly classified programs raises serious legal questions given the fact she signed nondisclosure agreements obligating her to protect classified information regardless of whether it was marked," he said.
Clinton's use of a private server to conduct government business has dogged her campaign for months and cast a shadow over one of her chief assets, her time as the nation's top diplomat. She has acknowledged that she made a mistake but said she used the system simply for convenience and insists that she did nothing illegal.
Clinton reiterated that she did not send classified information — but that maybe she received a few news stories.
“I never sent or received anything marked classified,” she told NPR. “I did, perhaps, receive some New York Times articles.”