Sunday, September 13, 2015

The AP reported on 13 September that, "The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server says it has no knowledge that the server was "wiped," which could mean that more than 30,000 emails Clinton says she deleted from the device could be recovered, according to a report in The Washington Post."

But wait a second, how is that possible as on August 13, Melanie Batley (Newsmax) reported, "Barbara Wells, an attorney for Denver-based computer services firm Platte River Networks, which took control of Clinton's server after their private email network was updated in 2013, told The Washington Post that federal agents picked up the server from a data center in New Jersey on Wednesday.   But Wells told the paper that the server "was blank" and did not contain any useful information."  So is this "semantics" between the words "blank" and "wiped" or is there something else at play?  

Keep in mind that Ms. Batley's report wasn't alone as AP's Stephen Braun reported on 19 August that, "Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal lawyer has told a Senate committee that emails and all other data stored on her computer server were erased before the device was turned over to federal authorities. In a letter sent last week to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, attorney David Kendall said the server was transferred to the FBI on Aug. 12 by Platte River Networks, a Denver firm hired by Clinton to oversee the device. The Senate committee made Kendall's letter public on Wednesday. In exchanges with reporters earlier this week, Clinton said she was not aware if the data on her server was erased. Confirmation that the server was wiped clean came amid mounting confusion over how sensitive some of the Clinton emails were and how much of their contents should have been released. Clinton aides said at least two emails that might have triggered the federal inquiry were not marked secret at the time."   
This confusion could be simple to explain.  The reality is that we would need to know which "server" was taken by the FBI as according to Platte River Technologies lawyer Barbra Wells (13 August), the server from the Clinton Chappaqua home was removed from the by Platte River and taken to a data center in New Jersey. But it would seem that, "The information had been migrated over to a different server for purposes of transition," Wells told the Post. "To my knowledge, the data on the old server is not available now on any servers or devices in Platte River Network's control."  

Doesn't this raise another question regarding "who" had custody and control over the Chappaqua server after it was moved to New Jersey and the data was migrated to another server?  Again, according to Mrs. Wells on August 12, "The old server was removed from the Clinton home by Platte River and stored in a third party data center, which are set up to provide security from threats of hacking and natural disaster, Wells said."  Wait, wouldn't that imply the "old server" remained in use for someone as there would be no need to have it protected against "hacking" unless it was somehow connected to the internet and powered on, right?  

Mrs. Wells is quoted as making similar statements to Chris Strohm and Del Quinton Wilbert  (Bloomberg) on August 13,  "Barbara Wells, an attorney for Platte River Networks, a Denver-based company that has managed Clinton's private e-mail since 2013, said in a phone interview Thursday that the server turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation “is blank and does not contain any useful data.” But Wells added that the data on Clinton's server was migrated to another server that still exists. She ended the interview when questioned further, declining to say whether the data still exists on that other server and who has possession of it.  Subsequent calls and e-mails to Wells and the Clinton campaign went unanswered. Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush declined in an e-mail to comment on whether it is aware of the other server and is trying to access it.  “The data on the old server is not now available on any server or device that is under Platte River’s control,” Wells said during the interview." 

So which "server" is the AP talking about?  The one that was removed from the Clinton Home and sent to New Jersey by Platte River or the one that the information was, according to Platte River, "migrated to" and just where is or where was that server located?  

Back in August some news reports stated the server used by the Clinton's via Platte River was in a closet outside of a bathroom in Denver but this was disputed by Andy Boian who was brought on to become the public relations manager for Platte River in August according to the Washington Post.  Mr. Boian is quoted as telling the Denver Post on August 19th, "There never was, at any time, data belonging to the Clintons stored in Denver. Ever," said Dovetail Solutions CEO Andy Boian, who added that Clinton's server was always in a New Jersey data center. "We do not store data in any bathrooms."
Confusing, isn't it.  Maybe the server was wiped, maybe not.  Maybe the information was migrated, maybe not.  Maybe the FBI has the "original server", maybe not.  Maybe we will learn what really was going on, no . . . definitely not.  

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