Hillary Clinton’s private emails may be recoverable

13 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clinton’s email server may not be wiped.

The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server said it has “no knowledge of the server being wiped,” the strongest indication to date that tens of thousands of emails that Clinton has said were deleted could be recovered.WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the right to delete personal emails from her private server, the Justice Department told a federal court. Clinton, who is leading in national polls as she seeks the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has been dogged by questions about her use of a private email account for government business.

District Court in Washington, part of a public records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that seeks access to Clinton’s emails. She has said that she sent and received about 60,000 emails during her four years in the Obama administration, about half of which were personal and deleted. Justice also said Judicial Watch didn’t present any evidence Clinton had mistakenly or intentionally deleted government records instead of personal emails. All the emails from Clinton’s tenure at the State Department were on the server when the device was taken over in June 2013 by Platte River Networks, four months after Clinton left office. The emails were removed from the second server in 2014, with Clinton’s lawyers storing those they deemed work-related on a thumb drive and discarding those that they determined were entirely personal.

The original server remained under Platte River’s control in a secure data center in New Jersey until the company turned it over to the FBI last month. I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.” The next day, Clinton repeated that she did not send or receive classified material on the private account and that she is “trying to be as transparent as I possibly can” about her actions. Judicial Watch says it plans to release “new information” related to the Clinton email flap Monday at what it is calling its inaugural “Leadership Summit on Washington Corruption and the Transparency Crisis.”

Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairmen of the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, respectively, said they would push for the deleted emails to be reviewed if they can be recovered. Politically, even the possibility that the emails could be retrieved is likely to further inflame an issue that has already hampered the campaign of the Democratic presidential front-runner. She has been trying to move past the issue for months and on Tuesday said she was “sorry” she had not used separate email accounts for public and private matters.

In terms of data recovery, the difference between a server from which data has been merely deleted or removed compared with one that has been wiped is “night and day,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonpartisan group that advocates for Internet privacy. “Wiping is designed to make the material that was underneath not recoverable. That’s the whole point,” he said. “The probability of recovering material is very, very much higher if you haven’t wiped it.” Still, Hall said, other considerations could affect whether deleted data could be pulled from a server, even if it hasn’t been wiped. Lawmakers have repeatedly noted that all or part of 15 emails to Clinton from longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal that appeared to be work-related were missing from the State Department’s file of official emails.

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