Hillary Clinton wiped email server

The HillThe head of the House Select Committee on Benghazi says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has erased all information from the personal email server she used while serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

“We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement Friday.

He said while it’s “not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.”

My God. This is absolutely brazen. And one hell of a friday evening document dump.

Hillary's letter to the committee via her attorney. If you read it closely, you can see that the dark side of the data retention policy strikes again. But all hope is not lost.

If the emails were innocent, she would not need to delete them. That's a bogus argument when applied to a ordinary person who has privacy rights, but it's perfectly valid when seeking emails related to a government scandal from a government employee. Those emails, unlike purely personal emails, are public records.

Sure, it's a little embarrassing to have someone else, a neutral party, go through your personal emails. But that's why you are supposed to have a work email address, and given the interest in Hillary's emails after Benghazi, she clearly anticipated being asked about them and just as clearly planned to delete everything if that happened.

The timing of this decision may turn out to matter a lot. If she made the decision to wipe the server after she was asked directly for her emails, or even after the possibility became known once her email arrangements were discovered, then it shifts from "Oops, I guess I should have kept those" to criminal obstruction of justice.

This is the act of a guilty conscience, not an honest public servant.

I have only one more thing to add. The letter from Hillary's attorney says:
Hillary LetterAfter the review was completed to identify and provide to the Department of State all of the Secretary's work-related and potentially work-related emails, the Secretary chose not to keep her non-record personal e-mails and asked that her account (which was no longer in active use) be set to retain only the most recent 60 days of e0mail.

They fucked up big. How?

The server is still running.

Anyone who has spent significant amounts of time with a computer will be familiar with the "undelete" utilities that can help you recover files you deleted by mistake. IT specialists can do a lot better than that, and computer forensic specialists better still. Unless a knowledgeable person completely wiped the server and all its hard drives and rebuilt it from scratch -- which is not consistent with the claim that the account was simply set to discard emails older than 60 days -- then the emails can be recovered, at least in part.

Hillary LetterTo avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the Secretary's IT support that no e-mails ... reside o the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server.

Either Hillary Clinton's IT staff do not keep any backups, or the backups were deliberately wiped. Changing the retention policy of your email account will not remove data from existing backups before the policy change.

Demand the backups. Demand the server, physically. Apply computer forensics techniques to recover the emails.

There's evidence in that server.

Of what, we don't know.

And there is only one way to find out.

This entry was published Fri Mar 27 19:36:58 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-03-27 20:01:03.0. [Tweet]

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