The thought-to-be long-lost emails that have been plaguing Hillary Clinton and her 2016 Presidential campaign may not be so long lost after all, but actually recoverable.
According to a Washington Post report, the Denver based tech company, Platte River, who managed the private email server where Hillary Clinton’s controversial lost emails were stored, says it has “no knowledge of the server being wiped,” leaving open the possibility that the thousands of suspect emails Hillary Clinton and her staff openly admit were deleted could potentially be retrieved.
Speaking on behalf of Platte River, spokesman Andy Boian didn’t deny that the Hillary Clinton emails may have been deleted, but did make clear that the server where the emails resided was never “wiped.”
“Platte River has no knowledge of the server being wiped. All the information we have is that the server wasn’t wiped.”
The difference between deleting emails and “wiping” them from a server are “night and day,” according to the chief technologist for the Center for Democracy and Technology, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, an unwiped Hillary Clinton server highly upping the chances of Hillary Clinton’s emails to be recoverable.
“Wiping is designed to make the material that was underneath not recoverable. That’s the whole point. The probability of recovering material is very, very much higher if you haven’t wiped it.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and her staff haven’t delved into the distinctions between wiping a server and simply deleting emails, Clinton even throwing some humor on the subject when asked in Las Vegas last month about her emails being wiped, saying, “Like what, with a cloth? I don’t know how it works digitally at all.”
While not specifically discussing the wiping of her emails from the server, Hillary Clinton and her camp have been open about her deleting personal emails while she was serving as secretary of state.
Clinton’s lost emails quickly erupted into a controversy that has tainted the top Democratic presidential candidate’s character in the eyes of polled voters, though Hillary’s lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination remains strong.
According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton apologized this past Tuesday for using a private server instead of a government-issued one, the source of her public email brouhaha, but she has insisted that none of her emails contained classified information, whether sent or received.
Regardless, the F.B.I. continues to be in the process of shaking down Clinton’s suspect email server, and if it indeed was never “wiped,” they will likely be able to surmise, once and for all, whether or not Hillary Clinton put into jeopardy any classified information or did anything else significantly untoward.
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