The dark cloud of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal continues to shadow the 2016 presidential candidate as the company in charge of Clinton’s private email server says there is no indication the server was ever fully “wiped,” according to the Washington Post, meaning it’s possible that some of the 30,000 deleted emails might be recoverable.
A spokesperson for the Denver-based company Platte River Networks, which has managed Clinton’s system since 2013, told the Post, âPlatte River has no knowledge of the server being wiped. All the information we have is that the server wasnât wiped.â
Deleting emails from a device is not the same as wiping a server. Deleted emails can sometimes be recovered if the email server not been “wiped,” a process 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.”
The revelation comes not only after Clinton has issued an apology over the ongoing controversy, but after she joked during a press conference, when asked if the server had been wiped, âLike what, with a cloth?â
As the Post points out, spokesman Brian Fallon gave a similarly vague answer in an interview with CNN: âI donât know what âwipedâ means. Literally the emails were deleted off of the server, thatâs true.â
In another interview with CNN, Fallon also said that even if those deleted emails were ever recovered, “they won’t find anything other than what we’ve already represented.”
In an interview with ABC Newsâs David Muir last week, Clinton called her use of the private server a “mistake,” an apology intended to shake off the email controversy and focus on making her case to voters. “That was a mistake. Iâm sorry about that. I take responsibility and Iâm trying to be as transparent as I possibly can,” Clinton told Muir in the interview.
But this new discovery, and especially any of the reportedly deleted emails that may be recovered, will keep the email scandal at the forefront of Clinton’s campaign, allowing the dark cloud to linger a little longer.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press
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