FBI Says a Laptop That Held Clinton’s E-Mails Has Gone Missing

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Hillary Clinton speaks in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 25, 2016.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
  • The e-mails were deleted but the hard drive wasn’t wiped: FBI
  • Agency says laptop’s whereabouts unknown since it was mailed

A personal laptop computer used to archive Hillary Clinton’s e-mails when she was secretary of state went missing after being put in the mail, according to the FBI’s report on its investigation into her use of a private e-mail system.

E-mails that Clinton sent and received through her private server during her tenure were archived on the laptop in 2013 by a person who was an assistant to former President Bill Clinton, the FBI said in its heavily redacted investigative report released Friday.

Someone whose name was redacted in the FBI report told the agency that he later deleted the e-mails from the laptop but didn’t wipe its hard drive. A computer technician can often recover such e-mails that have been deleted but not permanently erased from a laptop’s memory.

The FBI sought the laptop as part of its investigation, but it’s whereabouts remain unknown, the bureau said: The last time the laptop was seen was when it was put in the mail.

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