The FBI's Clinton email investigation reportedly centers around drone strikes

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One of the biggest question marks hanging over Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is the Justice Department's ongoing investigation of the private server Clinton used for email while secretary of state, specifically whether the arrangement compromised government secrets. The inquiry is focused on email exchanges between the U.S. ambassador in Pakistan and State Department officials over whether to oppose specific CIA drone strikes, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing "congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe."

During Clinton's tenure, the CIA was at loggerheads with officials at the State and Defense Departments over the high number of drone strikes in Pakistan, and under a compromise brokered in 2011, State Department officials were permitted to endorse or oppose specific strikes. The messages were usually sent via a secure government network, but on about six occasions, given tight time constraints, they were sent on the "low side," or on less-secure networks, The Journal reports. The vaguely worded emails — they didn't mention "drones," "CIA," or any details about targets — were sometimes forwarded to Clinton. The Journal elaborates:

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