FBI agents are looking into the security of the presidential hopeful’s private account
The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail setup following questions over how the account was managed.
This follows accusations earlier this year that the former Secretary of State sent hundreds of emails containing confidential important data using her private email account linked to a server at her New York home.
The agency has now also called in the help of Platte River Networks, a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage Clinton’s ‘unusual’ system, according to two government officials speaking to the Washington Post, although the FBI says that its investigation is preliminary and is focused on ensuring the proper handling of classified material at this point.
Mrs Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, has also been contacted within the last week by FBI, which wants to ask questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work emails Mrs Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state, the Post added.
Kendall confirmed the contact, saying that, “The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials. We are actively cooperating.”
A government watchdog claims that at least four emails from the account used by Mrs Clinton while she was secretary of state contained classified information, although she denies sending or receiving any secret information using that account.
More details have now come to light surrounding the network involved in Clinton’s emails since the issue was first revealed to the world back in March.
This includes that the server installed in Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, was originally used by her first campaign for the presidency in 2008, sources speaking to the Post claimed, citing two people briefed on the setup.
These sources confirmed that a member of staff who was on the payroll of Clinton’s political action committee set up the server that handled personal email communications, replacing an earlier version that had been used by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The server then became the responsibility for a number of different hands, starting with Mrs Clinton staffers with limited training in computer security and eventually expanding to Platte River, the Post reported.
A lawyer for Platte River Networks declined to comment.
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