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Judicial Watch finds 18 more of Huma Abedin’s classified emails in her estranged husband’s laptop

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The leading Washington-based government watchdog revealed Thursday that at least 18 classified emails were discovered in the nearly 800 documents released by the State Department from the laptop of former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma M. Abedin.

“Judicial Watch’s work in federal court holding the government accountable to the rule of law has forced the State Department to finally release these documents,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“The classified information on Weiner’s laptop is part of a pattern of the mishandling national security by Clinton and her aides,” he said. “The Weiner emails emphasize the need for the Justice Department to conduct a fresh, serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”

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In the last days for the 2016 presidential campaign, FBI Director James B. Comey Jr., notified Congress that the bureau was investigating the laptop for possible mishandling of classified government documents or correspondence. Before the election, Comey then announced that there was no wrongdoing involved with the materials found on the laptop.

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Abedin has been former first lady Hillary R. Clinton’s closest confidante, since their days in the White House’s East Wing together. The 41-year-old Michigan native has worked in the intervening years for Teneo, the consulting firm run by Douglas Band, a courtier of President William J. Clinton, along with the Clinton Foundation and senior roles as a personal aide to the former first lady’s 2000 Senate campaign, and her runs presidential runs in 2008 and 2016.

During the former first lady’s tenure as secretary of state, Abedin serves as her deputy chief of staff with an extraordinary arrangement, where she did not report for work at the department’s Washington Foggy Bottom headquarters. Instead, she worked out of her New York City home, along with maintaining consulting contracts with the Clinton Foundation.

The aide was also one of few people aware that Clinton was conducting all of her official State Department business on a private email account and server, in addition to having her own email address on the same private server.

Judicial Watch said its own analysis of the materials found on the Weiner laptop found that twice classified material was sent by Abedin on her clintonemail.com account to Weiner’s laptop Nov. 25, 2010 and Nov. 26, 2010. The first email dealt with expected WikiLeaks postings with Prince Saud, the long-serving foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. The second email was related to a phone call between United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and a Jeff.

JW speculated that Jeff was Jeffrey Feltman, then the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, who is now the undersecretary of the United Nations.

Abedin married the one-time protege of Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.) in 2010 and in 2017 announced her intention to end the marriage.

During Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Tony Goldwyn, star of ABC’s “Scandal,” spoke up for Clinton at multiple rallies. In March of 2017, the married Goldwyn became linked with Abedin after the two spent the day together at Disneyland with Abedin’s son with Weiner–and pop music producer David Foster–two months before Weiner began his 21-month sentence for transferring obscene matter to a minor.

Fitton said he was pleased that the Justice Department was reopening its investigation into who the former first lady and her associated handled classified information and correspondence.

“The Justice Department has reportedly at least begun asking questions about the Clinton classified material,” he said. “Judicial Watch has no doubt that the Justice Department is taking these steps due to the ongoing disclosures of Clinton email misconduct from Judicial Watch’s lawsuits.”

The new revelations add to the five classified emails among 147 new Abedin work-related documents State released Dec. 29.

In previous releases by the State Department, 13 emails with classified information were discovered on the former congressman’s laptop that related to Saudi Arabia, the World Court at the Hague, Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the identity of a CIA official, Malawi, the civil war in Syria, Lebanon, Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

A July 9, 2011 email was found on Weiner’s laptop from Abedin’s Blackberry with classified information regarding a planned call with the secretary of state and  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Anything else about the email is a guess, since page released by State was completely redacted.

Redacted July 9, 2011 email from the Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

Another email for, this one sent Nov. 25, 2011, described Feltman’s report of Egypt’s take on the talks between Hamas and the PLO.

All of this takes on a new level of concern in the context of Abedin’s use of the private Clinton email service to give out passwords, which was posted by Judicial Watch in September.

In September 2017 Judicial Watch made public Abedin’s use of the private Clinton email system for the transmission of sensitive passwords. The episode began with State’s Monica Hanley issuing to Abedin a government laptop and her security fob, along with her usernames and passwords for logging into State Department and other government websites.

Abedin forward all of this logon information to her private email account, according to Judicial Watch.

Click here for more information about Judicial Watch and the trove of documents related to Hillary R. Clinton and her and her team’s handling of classified materials and correspondence Judicial Watch has secured through its Freedom of Information Act requests and its followup lawsuits for those requests.

Included in that trove are 627 emails withheld from the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department.

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Turkey Human Rights, Crackdown on Press Freedom Comes Under Renewed Scrutiny in Geneva

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Last week, the UK-based International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)and the Press Emblem Campaign held an information meeting in Geneva, to coincide with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey over hate crimes, minority, and LGBT rights, and press freedoms with a specific focus on the nation’s crackdown on these rights during the failed 2016 coup and the emergency rule that followed during which the government allegedly used its security powers to arrest thousands of people who opposed it.

Turkey’s human rights record was last reviewed in 2015 during the UPR. This was the third time in 10 years that Turkey’s record has come under review

Diplomats, minister, prominent members of Turkish media and human rights defenders – including those who have been forced into exile – were present at the event. Also in attendance was former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice Ambassador Stephen Rapp. Louise Pyne Jones, head of research, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) moderated the event. Two panels were held. The first was called “Press Freedom” and included Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of Ahval; Evin Baris Altintas, journalist and blogger; and Massimo Frigo; senior Legal Advisor for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ). The second panel, “Human Rights Defenders,” included Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci; president of the Human Rights Foundation in Turkey; Nurcan Baysal, award-winning Turkish Human Rights Defender and Journalist; and Anne van Wezel, former co-chair EESC EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.

Following an attempted, and failed, “coup” against the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party in 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused many of his opponents and naysayers, including journalists who were critical of him and his government, of supporting terrorism and prosecuted many of them. Erdogan also suggested that the attempted coup was the work of exiled Imam Fethullah Gulen and his movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. Turkey has asked for the United States to extradite Gulen. Gulen has been living in the United States in a self-imposed exile since 1999. Over 250 people died as a result of the failed coup attempt.

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Soon after the coup, Turkey implemented a state of emergency (SOE) which it said: “was put into effect in order to ensure the continuity of effective implementation of the measures for the protection of the rights and freedoms of our citizens, democracy and the rule of law.” However, the AK Party’s critics have maintained that the AK Party used the umbrella of its broader emergency powers and continuously postponed ending that state of emergency, in an attempt to destroy its political opposition.

Many journalists were apprehended under this state of emergency until it was lifted on July 19, 2018. As such, for three straight years, and up until 2019, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Turkey as the worst jailer of journalists in the world. According to Turkish, English, and Arabic-language news site Ahval, when China jailed 48 journalists to Turkey’s 47.

Nurcan Baysal, an award-winning Kurdish Human Rights Defender, Journalist, and contributor to Ahval, said she was even cautious with the words she used on the panel discussion for fear of punishment by the Turkish government. “We are censoring ourselves because of these fears,” Baysal said. “For example, before coming here I asked myself if I should use certain words, should I use the word invasion, or should I use the word war, because today in Turkey even to say war is forbidden,” she said. “Everything that I say has an effect on not only my life but of the lives of my children and family.”

Ahval editor in chief Yavuz Baydar said, “No state or power can decide who is a journalist, it is the domain for professional organizations and should always be separate from power.”

According to the IOHR, “In the previous UPR cycle of Turkey, the Turkish government officially supported 14 recommendations related to strengthening the legal framework on freedom of expression and 5 recommendations specifically related to bringing terrorism legislation in line with international human rights standards.

Hugh Williamson, the Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch recently said, “The huge number of journalists, politicians, and perceived government critics in prison and on trial flies in the face of the Turkish government’s public statements about the state of human rights in the country “Turkey’s disregard of human rights is a disservice to its citizens, who deserve to live with dignity and freedom.”

Meanwhile, Turkey’s state-run pro-government newspaper the Daily Sabah put out propaganda about the Erdogan government writing, “U.N. Human Rights Council highlighted Turkey’s achievements in the fields of judiciary, human rights and humanitarian causes on Tuesday during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva.”

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