Nothing is ever simple in Clinton World. Words have multiple meanings or no meaning.

So now we’re arguing over what the definition of “wiped” means.

The Washington Post reports, Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was ‘wiped’:

The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server said it has “no knowledge of the server being wiped,” the strongest indication to date that tens of thousands of e-mails that Clinton has said were deleted could be recovered.

Clinton and her advisers have said for months that she deleted her personal correspondence from her time as secretary of state, creating the impression that 31,000 e-mails were gone forever….

To make the information go away permanently, a server must be wiped — a process that includes overwriting the underlying data with gibberish, possibly several times.

That process, according to Platte River Networks, the Denver-based firm that has managed the system since 2013, apparently did not happen.

“Platte River has no knowledge of the server being wiped,” company spokesman Andy Boian told The Washington Post. “All the information we have is that the server wasn’t wiped.”

The WaPo article notes that this current information contradicts prior statements:

Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon gave a similar answer this month, telling CNN: “I don’t know what wiped means. Literally the e-mails were deleted off of the server, that’s true.”….

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. A company attorney has said that the device was “blank” when it was given to investigators but had not specifically said it had been wiped.

In a letter that month [March 2015], Clinton’s attorney David Kendall told a House investigative committee that no e-mails from Clinton’s time as secretary “reside on the server or any backup systems associated with the server.””

Here is the key text from the March letter:

“There is no basis to support the proposed third-party review of the server that hosted the [email protected] account,” Kendall wrote. “To avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the secretary’s IT support that no emails…..for the time period January 21, 2009 through February 1, 2013 reside on the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server.”

In an August 12, 2015 letter filed in federal court as part of a Judicial Watch FOIA suit, Hillary’s lawyer further created the impression there was no data:

Judicial Watch FOIA Case Huma Abedin - Kendal 8-12-2015 letter excerpt re server data

Why would Clinton World want people to think it was a waste of time to try to recover the emails?

For the same reason she maintained a server in her house — because she didn’t want prying eyes and to maintain total control. That was Plan A — make it all seem so silly and political to try to obtain a server that had nothing on it.

Now that the FBI has the original server, and Platte River is cooperating, I’m guessing the emails will be recovered, and Clinton World will go to Plan B, say they never said they “wiped” the server, so there, she did nothing wrong.


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