Hillary Clinton’s e-mails may have been deleted. But there are questions growing over whether she successfully wiped the entire server. If not, serious evidence of criminal activity may still exist.
Last month, the inspector general for the State Department released that at least some of the e-mails that passed through Clinton’s server contained classified information produced by the U.S. intelligence community.
What hasn’t been released: data that could show how secure her system was, and who else had accounts on her system. A forensic examination of Clinton’s private computer server could unearth and answer lingering questions about the security of her system and who had access to it.
A lawyer for Platte River Networks, a Colorado-based technology services company that began managing the Clinton server in 2013, said it was provided to the FBI last week.
Clinton’s lawyer has used a precise term, “wiped,” to describe the deleted emails on this server.
But a computer server isn’t a marvel of modern technology. Just like a home desktop, the computer’s data is stored on a hard drive. It remains unclear whether the drive that Clinton used was successfully erased before the device was turned over to federal agents, or if just the e-mails were wiped.
Investigators who examine her server might find all sorts of information — how it was configured, whether it received necessary security updates to fix vulnerabilities in software, or whether anyone accessed it without permission.
The Associated Press contributed to this story