WASHINGTON - The State Department says it can find only four e-mails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.
She asks for a phone call in one and a phone number in another. She seeks advice on how best to condemn information leaks, and accidentally replies to one work e-mail with questions apparently about decorations.
The messages also reveal Clinton used an iPad to e-mail while secretary of state in addition to her BlackBerry, despite her explanation she set up a private e-mail account and homebrew server so she could carry one device.
The four e-mails were obtained by the Associated Press under a 2013 Freedom of Information Act request and offer one of the first looks into Clinton's correspondence at the State Department. It is the first time it has provided Clinton-related documents in response to several FOIA requests.
The response also came about three weeks after the AP filed a federal lawsuit against the State Department, seeking to force the release of materials during Clinton's tenure.