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Clinton: Private email had 'no breaches'

Clinton: Private email had 'no breaches'
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP MORE said on Tuesday that her private email server has never been compromised by hackers.

The presumed 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner made her first public comments about the discovery that she had exclusively used a personal email service during her four years leading the State Department.

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Cybersecurity experts have expressed alarm that the server’s encryption may have been inadequate, which they claim would have left the secretary of State’s emails exposed to hackers and foreign intelligence agencies.

Clinton on Tuesday defended the server’s safety.

“The system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office and it had numerous safeguards,” she said. “It was on property guarded by the Secret Service.”

Many have countered that the Secret Service would not have provided any digital oversight.

“There were no security breaches,” Clinton emphasized. “So I think that the use of that server, which started with my husband, certainly proved to be effective and secure.” 

Clinton's camp addressed further questions in a memo to reporters released Tuesday afternoon. The document sidestepped questions about the level of encryption used by Clinton's server. 

"While the curiosity in the specifics of this set up is understandable, given what people with ill-intentions can do with such information in this day and age, there are concerns about broadcasting specific technical details about past and current practices," the document stated. 

"However, suffice it to say, robust protections were put in place and additional upgrades and techniques employed over time as they became available, including consulting and employing third party experts." 

The memo emphasized that the server was not used to send or receive classified material.

Elise Viebeck contributed. This story was upated at 5:50 p.m.