FBI documents: State official sought change in Clinton email related to Benghazi

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top State official asked the FBI to make classified an email related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

Newly released FBI documents show a senior State Department staffer sought to change the classification level of an email that was on Clinton’s private server. The official, State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, requested the change for an email related to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Kennedy said that would allow him to ensure the document was “never to be seen again.” The FBI did not change the classification level.

Clinton’s campaign also continues to answer for hacked emails being released by the thousands by WikiLeaks. The most recent batch showed Clinton generally avoided direct criticism of Wall Street as she examined the causes and responses to the financial meltdown during a series of paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

WikiLeaks said Monday that founder Julian Assange’s internet access had been cut by an unidentified state actor. Few other details were immediately available.

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