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No E-mail Backup Tapes Before May 2003, White House Says

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The White House told a federal magistrate that it has no back-up computer takes for e-mails written or received before May 23, 2003 and that it cannot track hard drives within the White House system that might contain missing e-mails. Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive which sued to force disclosure of the tapes, said “What is most shocking is that if anyone at the White House was deleting their e-mails during the invasion of iraq, those e-mails are not on any back-up tapes.” (5/6/08)