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Hillary Clinton's emails may be recoverable as server not 'wiped'

world Updated: Sep 13, 2015 22:00 IST
Hillary Clinton

File photo of Democrat Hillary Clinton, speaking during a press conference at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. A new tranche of 7,000 additional pages of emails from the former US secretary of state's private server were released on August 31. (Reuters Photo)

The company that managed Hillary Clinton's private email server said it has "no knowledge of the server being wiped", indicating that tens of thousands of emails Clinton said were deleted could be recovered, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and her aides have said she deleted her personal emails from her time as the secretary of state but unless the server has been "wiped", experts say those 31,000 emails could be recovered, the Post reported.

A representative of the Clinton campaign could not immediately be reached for comment on the report.

The controversy over her use of an unsecured private server to conduct government business while US's top diplomat has cut into her lead in opinion polls for the Democratic nomination to run in the November 2016 election.

Denver-based company Platte River managed the server.

"Platte River has no knowledge of the server being wiped," company spokesperson Andy Boian was quoted as saying. "All the information we have is that the server wasn't wiped."

Republican senators Charles Grassley and Ron Johnson, chairmen of the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, respectively, said they would push for deleted emails to be reviewed if they can be recovered, the Post said.

On Tuesday, Clinton apologised for using a private server rather than the government system.

Clinton has said she sent no information via email that was classified at the time and received no material marked that way.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining the server to see whether any information, including classified information, was mishandled.

The State Department, under a court order, has been releasing more than 30,000 Clinton work-related emails in monthly batches.