Cybersecurity experts believe that Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 “personal” emails that she deleted could still be recovered if she hands over her private email server.
“Email is really, really hard to get rid of,” Marcus Rogers, the director of Purdue University’s Cyber Forensics and Security Program, told The Hill. “So if they’ve got the server and it hasn’t been wiped, then the probability of recovering the emails is extremely high.”
Jonathan Katz, the director of the University of Maryland’s Cybersecurity Center, said, “a lot of times if you don’t delete things properly, you can still recover them potentially after the fact.” He added that if Clinton’s private server had been hacked, the server could have some traces.
“It’s certainly possible that the server was hacked and they just don’t know about it yet.”
Clinton, who has also been under fire for her family foundation’s acceptance of millions in donations from shady Middle Eastern regimes with awful women’s rights records, claimed at a Tuesday press conference that she did not send any classified emails from her private account. She also vowed that, “the server will remain private.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who chairs the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said on Wednesday that Clinton should give her server to a third-party arbiter.
“Frankly, we shouldn’t have to compel it. I think it’s eminently reasonable to ask someone to turn over this server to an independent, neutral third party,” Gowdy said during a Wednesday MSNBC interview. “Not to the House of Representatives, turn it over to a retired judge, an archivist, an inspector general, so that we can have some assurance that the ‘we’ that separated the public from the private did a good job.”