The Denver-based company that maintained Hillary Clinton’s “home-brew” private email account during her tenure as secretary was a “mom and pop shop” that until earlier this year operated its business from a converted loft apartment that housed its servers in a bathroom closet, according to The Daily Mail, which interviewed former employees of the company, Platte River Networks.
Platte River did not have security clearance to handle classified materials, the chief spokesman for the Defense Security Service, part of the Defense Department and “the only federal agency authorized to approve private sector company access to sensitive or confidential material,” told Business Insider.
The revelation — “which will raise the most significant questions over security and over what checks Clinton’s aides made about how suitable it was for dealing with what new transpires to be classified material” — is deeply concerning to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
It “raises serious questions,” Johnson said.
After reviewing just 20 percent of the 30,000 emails Clinton and her advisers turned over to the State Department — she and her team single-handedly decided what correspondence was work-related and what was personal in nature — federal authorities have flagged more than 300 of the messages to receive further scrutiny, according to The Washington Times. More are anticipated.
The presumed Democratic presidential nominee has admitted to deleting an additional 30,000 other emails she maintains were personal.
Clinton’s email server is now in the custody of the FBI, though it was reportedly “wiped clean of any emails she sent or received.”
Tera Dadiotis, a former Platte River customer relations consultant who worked at the company between 2007 and 2010, told the Daily Mail she’s perplexed as to how the tiny tech firm ended up with the job.
“I think it’s really bizarre, I don’t know how that relationship evolved,” Dadiotis said.
“At the time I worked for them, they wouldn’t have been equipped to work for Hillary Clinton because I don’t think they had the resources, they were based out of a loft, so [it was] not very high security, we didn’t even have an alarm.
“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].”
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