The IT company that stored Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state between 2009 and 2013 operated out of a small loft apartment where its servers were stored in the bathroom closet.
The Daily Mail reported that employees of the Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado worked out of a 1,858-square foot loft apartment up until this year, when they moved into a 12,000-square foot building.
A former employee of the small private company said the apartment was owned by the company’s cofounders and said she lived in the same building.
“I don’t know how they run their operation now, but we literally had our server racks in the bathroom,” Tera Dadiotis, a 30-year-old former customer relations employee who worked at Platte River Networks from 2007 to 2010, said.
Dadiotis said that given the size of the firm, she didn’t “see how that would be secure” enough for Clinton, stating that they didn’t have the resources to make it high security and they “didn’t even have an alarm.”
Cofounder Tom Welch, who sold the company in 2010, disagreed, saying their operation was very secure even though they kept the servers in the bathroom at one point.
“The bathroom connected to the master closet and that’s what we retrofitted as a server room,” he said. “At the time Inca St was a relatively obscure location, second-floor office. The technology we had in place was pretty good. The security we had in place at the office was really good to protect our well-being.”
Welch did say Clinton’s email scandal was going to put a “black eye” on the company’s reputation and its finances.
The tech firm acquired Clinton’s server in 2013 but handed it over to the FBI last week. Officials from Platte River Networks said the server no longer had any of Clinton’s emails on it, but it did at one time.
The firm has also said that it’s “highly likely” a backup server had been created, which could produce the thousands of emails Clinton has said were deleted and irretrievable.
The company is being sued along with four other firms for allegedly obtaining phone numbers, including those used by the White House, illegally.
The company has worked with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado), a longtime friend of the Clintons, and it had strong ties to the Democratic Party.
David DeCamillis, vice president of sales, is a big Democratic supporter and even offered his house to Joe Biden during the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver, which Biden didn’t accept once he was chosen as Obama’s vice president.
Despite those connections, it is still unclear how Clinton came to find the company and choose it to house her personal server.