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As the FBI, intelligence watchdogs and congressional investigators try to get to the bottom of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and its implications for national security, a new article in a British publication suggests something truly bizarre. The exclusive report in the Daily Mail says that the Denver-based IT firm the former secretary of state is said to have used for email management kept its servers in a bathroom closet.
The investigative report also says the small private company described as a “mom and pop” outfit operated at the time out of a loft apartment that, according to a former employee, Tera Dadiotis, didn’t even have an alarm system. The Daily Mail article quotes the woman identified as having worked for several years as a customer relations consultant for the company, Platte River Networks: “I don’t know how they run their operation now, but we literally had our server racks in the bathroom. I mean knowing how small Platte River Networks… I don’t see how that would be secure [enough for Clinton].”
Hillary Clinton served in the Obama administration as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009-2013. Numerous reports about the so-called “home-brew” computer server she used to manage both her official and unofficial emails have indicated the system was set up in Clinton’s private residence in New York. Concerns over the server’s security, or lack thereof, have increased with the ongoing revelations that numerous Hillary emails managed on her personal equipment likely contained classified or secret government information.
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As to why Hillary Clinton or her aides may have chosen at some point to work with a small IT company with its servers reportedly housed in a closet in a loft apartment, the Daily Mail report suggests the decision may have been a political one.
Baffled by how Clinton decided to hire Platte River, ex-employees suggested David DeCamillis, the company’s vice-president of sales and marketing might have had a hand in courting her business.
Another theory put forward was that Colorado governor John Hickenlooper recommended them to her. The Democratic National Convention was held in Denver in 2008.
Tera [Dadiotis] said: ‘David DeCamillis was a big Democrat. He went to the Democrat Convention.
In addition to the former consultant for Platte River Networks, the Daily Mail says it spoke also with a co-founder and ex-owner named Tom Welch. He confirmed that when he was with the company, the servers were indeed housed in a bathroom closet. Welch expressed surprise that the firm had a client of the stature and significance of Hillary Clinton.
“I had no idea they had that kind of client, when I was with the company we were a small Denver business focused company, we really didn’t do a lot, we did some stuff statewide, may have had a client or two in the western region but we certainly weren’t doing business in Washington DC or on the East coast,” Welch told the Daily Mail.
The exact nature of the business relationship between the former secretary of state and Platte River Networks is, according to the newspaper account, still unclear. Apparently, Platte River Networks didn’t begin to work for Clinton until sometime in 2013. But the server on which Clinton emails were reportedly maintained has been taken by federal investigators as they attempt to sort out the Emailgate affair.
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“The server is now in the hands of the FBI who took it off Platte River Networks hands last Wednesday,” reports the Daily Mail. It may be the existence of that equipment that’s led to recent speculation that all of Clinton’s emails — including the ones she ordered deleted from her personal server — may still exist and be available to investigators.