State Dep’t defends handling of classified, sensitive info

July 6, 2016
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. The State Department is under fire in courtrooms over its delays turning over government files related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. In one case, the department warned it needed a 27-month delay, until October 2018, to turn over emails from Clinton’s former aides. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is defending its handling of classified and sensitive information against statements by the FBI director that the department doesn’t handle such information as well as other government agencies.

State Department spokesman John Kirby says the department takes cybersecurity very seriously, contrary to conclusions in the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday the State Department’s security culture lacks the same kind of care for classified information as found at other departments.

His criticism echoes the findings of multiple previous reviews of how cybersecurity was handled at the State Department while former Secretary of State Clinton led the agency.

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