Emails may be recoverable as Clinton server wasn’t ‘wiped’

The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server says it has no knowledge that the server was “wiped”. If it wasn’t, 30,000 emails Clinton says she deleted could be recovered, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Clinton has said that personal correspondence sent and received during the four years she was secretary of state were deleted. About as many emails pertaining to administration business have been turned over to the State Department, which is reviewing them and releasing them periodically, by court order.

Deleting emails is not the same as wiping a server. Deleted emails can be recovered from a device that has not been ‘wiped’ (PC Magazine defines ‘wiping’ as “a security measure when selling, giving away or retiring a computer. A file wipe completely erases the data from the hard disk.”)

A spokesman for Platte River Networks, the Denver firm that has managed the system, said it has no information indicating the server was wiped, the Post reported on its website on Saturday. Platte River took over the device in June, 2013, about four months after Clinton left the State Department, and turned it over to the FBI last month, the newspaper reported. “All the information we have is that the server wasn’t wiped,” spokesman Andy Boian told the newspaper.

Republican senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and senator Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said on Saturday that they would seek a review of the deleted emails, if they can be recovered, the Post reported.

As she pursues the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has faced relentless questions and criticism about her use of a private email account for government business. The FBI has been investigating Clinton’s email security set-up.

Clinton says she had the right, under government rules, to decide which emails were private and to delete them, a claim the Justice Department supported in a filing with the US District Court in Washington. The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is seeking access to her emails.

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