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‘Longstanding, Systemic Weakness’: State Department Audit Faults Clinton in Email Scandal

"Slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks."

WASHINGTON - JUNE 23: U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) reads documents during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 23, 2005 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was focused on U.S. military strategy and operations in Iraq. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.

Image source: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report by the agency's inspector general Wednesday.

It cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications. These started before Clinton's appointment as secretary of state, but her failures were singled out as more serious.

The review came after revelations Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while in office. Clinton is now the likely Democratic presidential nominee.

The 78-page report says the department and its secretaries were "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.

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Clinton has apologized for using a private email server, which has been at the center of a months-long FBI investigation, but has denied that she sent or received any information as secretary of state that was "marked classified."

“Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility,” Clinton wrote in a September 2015 Facebook post.

Multiple reviews and investigations, however, have found that Clinton's emails did contain information that was classified at the time the messages were transmitted.

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