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State admits: 'Things went wrong' in San Bernardino visa process

The State Department admitted Monday that officials are not required to examine the social media accounts of visa applicants, but declined to say if that's the reason why officials failed to realize that one of the San Bernardino shooters sympathized with the Islamic State.

Still, State spokesman John Kirby said that some mistakes appear to have been made with how the department handled the visa of Tashfeen Malik, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 massacre. The FBI quickly revealed that Malik, who entered the country on a financee visa, pledged allegiance to the terrorist group.

"Obviously, things went wrong, it's difficult to say exactly what and how," he said. "Obviously, I think it's safe to say there's going to be lessons learned here. By whom and for whom, I just don't know right now."

On Monday, reports surfaced that the Department of Homeland Security doesn't look at social media accounts of visa applicants. Kirby admitted Monday that his department, which shares responsibility for reviewing visas, is also not required to look at social media.

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