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Obama Is "Concerned" With The State Dept.'s Lax Culture With Classified Info

- July 9, 2016

OBAMA IS "CONCERNED" WITH THE COMEY'S FINDINGS OF A LAX CULTURE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WHEN HANDLING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

Obama Noted He Was "Concerned" With The State Department's Lax Culture When Handling Classified Information. LANDLER: "He did talk at the end of his presentation about how he feared that there was a broader cultural issue in the State Department toward the handling of classified information that troubled him. And I wondered whether you, since you rely on the State Department to conduct foreign policy, whether that concerns you as well? And if I may, could I ask the other question because I think it might get an interesting response? You, last May, passed a milestone in that you are now president longer when the country was at war than your predecessor, George W. Bush. And if you complete your presidency, as you will with troops in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, you will be the only two-term president in American history to have served with a country at war. And I wonder, given the way you ran for office and the aspirations you brought into office, how you feel about that reality. And then a second follow-up on that. Should the American people simply resign themselves to living in a state of perpetual war, even if that war is not the all-out war we think of in the 20th century?" OBAMA: "That was an interesting question. First of all, with respect to the State Department I am concerned." (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 7/9/16)

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FBI Director Comey Found The State Department To Be "Lacking In The Kind Of Care For Classified Information Found Elsewhere In The Government." "While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government." (James Comey, Press Conference , Washington, DC, 7/5/16)

Comey Went Further To Slam Clinton And Her Aides For Being "Extremely Careless" With Handling Classified Information

FBI Director Comey Said Clinton And Her Aides Were "Extremely Careless" In Their Handling Of Classified Information And Said Clinton And Those She Communicated "Should Have Known That An Unclassified System Was No Place" For The Conversations She Was Having. FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: "There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later 'up-classified' e-mails). None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government-or even with a commercial service like Gmail." (FBI Director James Comey, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 7/5/16)

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