Hours after FBI Director James Comey blasted Hillary Clinton and her aides for their extremely careless handling of classified information, the State Department rejected Comey’s conclusion that the agency had a lax culture surrounding the treatment of sensitive material.
We don’t share the assessment that as an institution … that the State Department has in the past or does today take lightly the issue of sensitive and classified information, agency spokesman John Kirby told reporters Tuesday.
Comey had said earlier Tuesday that the security culture at State was found to be lacking during the FBI’s year-long investigation into Clinton’s private email use. Agents discovered on Clinton’s multiple servers 110 emails that should have been considered classified at the time they were written.
Kirby also refused to comment on whether Clinton and the handful of State Department aides who transmitted classified intelligence on her private network retained their security clearances in light of the FBI investigation into their activities. The spokesman cited an agency policy preventing public comment on individual security clearances.