Tech Company Sees No Proof Clinton Emails Were 'Wiped'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2015 3:40 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, about the Iran nuclear agreement and other topics.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The company that managed Hillary Clinton's private email server says it has no knowledge that the server was "wiped," which could mean that more than 30,000 emails Clinton says she deleted from the device 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 from the server. 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 at wiping a server. Deleted emails often can be recovered from a device that has not been "wiped," which PC Magazine defines 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-based firm that has managed the system, says the company has no information indicating the server was wiped. 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. "All the information we have is that the server wasn't wiped," spokesman Andy Boian tells the Post. (Clinton recently apologized for using a private email server while serving as secretary of state.)

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