In August, we learned that IT company Platte River Networks, which maintained Hillary Clinton’s private email server, likely had made a backup copy of the data. Tonight, McCatchy Newspapers is reporting that another IT company, the Connecticut-based Datto Inc., was hired by Platte River to make a cloud-based backup of the server.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) October 6, 2015
Connecticut firm backed up Clinton’s server, might still have personal emails http://t.co/14CLDM5gfq
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) October 6, 2015
Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar report that Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican Senate committee chairman, asked Datto to turn over any copies of Clinton emails in its possession.
On May 31, 2013, four months after Clinton left office, the Clinton Executive Service Corp., which oversaw her email server contracts, hired Platte River to maintain her account. Its New Jersey-based server replaced the server in her New York home that had handled her emails throughout her tenure as secretary of state.
Several weeks ago, Platte River employees discovered that her private server was syncing with an offsite Datto server, he said.
When Datto acknowledged that was the case, a Platte River employee replied in an email: “This is a problem.”
Clinton is set to testify before the Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22.
— TrueTalk (@Clear_Honesty) October 6, 2015
The Washington Post also reports that Datto, Inc. plans to provide the FBI copies of any data found on its backups.
— Dan Eggen (@DanEggenWPost) October 7, 2015
A letter sent to Johnson by Datto “cites some colorful internal e-mails from Platte River that were sent in August,” reports the Washington Post.
In one exchange, a Platte River employee working on the Clinton account discusses with a colleague whether there was a written record of a “directive to cut the backup.”
The context is not clear, but it suggests there was growing anxiety over how the system was managed and who would be held responsible. At about the time of that exchange, Platte River had been in discussions with Datto about the length of time Clinton e-mail data was preserved and whether copies were saved, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
“If we had that email we are golden,” the employee wrote.
“Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy [sic] shit,” the employee wrote.
"covering up some shady shit" https://t.co/L8raSJfyXe
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 6, 2015
@ron_fournier How soon until one of them rolls? How soon until there's a "leak" saying a "marked" classified doc has been found?
— John Sitkiewicz (@Jrock41S) October 6, 2015