State Department IG: Clinton Mishandled Emails, Posed Cybersecurity Risk

Russ Read | Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter

The Department of State inspector general has determined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mishandled emails and failed to properly respond to cybersecurity risks during her tenure.

Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while performing her duties as secretary of state.

The inspector general’s 78-page document faults Clinton, the State Department and several of her predecessors for being “slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership.”

Despite the report noting that it found “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” in the department, Clinton’s indiscretions were singled out as “more serious,” according to the Associated Press.

The report follows the announcement that the hacker known as Guccifer, who claims to have breached Clinton’s server, is in the midst of finalizing a plea deal with the U.S. government. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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