Report: FBI Contacted Denver VAR That Helped Manage Hillary Clinton's Email System


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The FBI contacted Platte River Networks in the past week in connection to its role managing Hillary Clinton's private email system, according to The Washington Post

The Post reported that Platte River, a 30-person solution provider based in Denver, was hired by the Clintons in 2013 to provide better security, durability and a more professional setup.

The email system installed at the Clintons' Chappaqua, N.Y., home had previously been plagued by outages, the Post indicated, with the system crashing for days after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Platte River declined to comment for this story. 

[Related: Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Took Security Risk With Custom Email Server, Partners Say]

Platte River took over management of the server from Bryan Pagliano, who had served as IT director for Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign and became an IT specialist in the U.S. State Department after Clinton was named secretary of state in January 2009.

Before that, the Post reported, the system was maintained by Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton with no security clearance and no expertise in safeguarding computers.

"A good solution provider would have no issue taking over someone else's work," David Felton, owner of Canaan Technology in Norwalk, Conn., told CRN. Felton said Canaan has taken over many networks with deficient security and gotten them up to a level that the company can comfortably support and secure.

Platte River was founded in 2002 and provides managed, cloud and telecom services to 200 businesses across the country with an average of 75 employees. The solution provider expected its sales to grow from $4.7 million in 2013 to $6 million last year, according to a September 2014 CRN story.

Platte River works with nearly three dozen vendors and distributors, and is a premier member of CenturyLink's Channel Alliance, a silver Midmarket Solution Provider for Microsoft, a preferred member of Dell's PartnerDirect program and member of Ingram Micro's Trust X Alliance. The solution provider services verticals ranging from legal and financial to nonprofit and government.

Clinton's unusual email arrangement came to light in March when The New York Times reported that she exclusively used a personal email system rather than an official government one for all business-related interactions during her 2009 to 2013 tenure as secretary of state.

Those emails landed on a server registered to Clinton's family home in Chappaqua, affording Clinton greater privacy, as government officials would be unable to access her email without her consent.


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