What happened to my emails?

An investigation by Al Jazeera’s Chris Geidner has revealed that the United States government had not received and sent thousands of emails to the State Department from its diplomatic staff during the height of the Libyan crisis, and that emails sent to the US Embassy in Tripoli were also not preserved.“There were no emails from…

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An investigation by Al Jazeera’s Chris Geidner has revealed that the United States government had not received and sent thousands of emails to the State Department from its diplomatic staff during the height of the Libyan crisis, and that emails sent to the US Embassy in Tripoli were also not preserved.

“There were no emails from the State or State Department to our embassy in Tripoli during the crisis,” said a senior State Department official in a statement to Al Jazeera.

“It was not clear to us that any emails were actually sent to any department,” the official said, adding that the emails sent from the US embassy in Libya were not deleted.

“Our email system was not configured to retrieve emails sent or received in that time frame, nor did we preserve any emails sent during the period of time that was captured.”

The State Department did not respond to Alja’Abbas’ requests for comment.

The investigation also revealed that some emails sent by the State and the Department of Defense did not appear in the State Departments official records, but instead were stored in secure facilities that were not accessible to the public.

The US State Department declined to provide an explanation for why its email systems were not configured for preservation of emails, but the department has not yet responded to Aljazeera’s request for comment on the matter.

The State department’s handling of emails in Libya has been the subject of scrutiny in recent months, with a series of investigations examining the handling of thousands of Benghazi emails that were sent to and from the United Nations.

In July, the House Intelligence Committee released a report on the State department emails, which the panel found “do not provide adequate evidence” to support the claims of “gross negligence” by the department.

The State Department has also refused to turn over all emails sent between April 2012 and May 2015 to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, citing the ongoing investigation into the Benghazi attack.

In response to the findings of the Senate committee, the State of the Union address, which was recorded in October, said it had made significant progress in “ensuring that our records are properly preserved.”