Hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s emails that included classified information from her tenure as State Secretary sat in a private Gmail account for over two years and were still there about two weeks before then-FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton of criminal responsibility for mishandling the country’s secrets in a 2016 statement.
The Gmail account came under scrutiny of Republican lawmakers because its name—email@example.com—mirrored that of a Chinese company, Shandong Carter Heavy Industry Machinery CO., Ltd. The similarity raised concerns that a foreign actor had gained access to Clinton’s emails.
Platte River Networks (PRN) employee Paul Combetta, who managed Clinton’s email server between 2013 and 2015, said he made up the name of the email address and used it in Feb. 2014 to transfer an archive of Clinton’s emails to a new server. The emails seem to have covered a period from about 2009 to mid-2013—including most, if not all, of Clinton’s time at the State Department.
But Combetta apparently failed to delete all of the emails from the Gmail account after the transfer. read more