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Report: Romney-era emails wiped from Mass. records

November 17, 2011

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BOSTON—Massachusetts state officials say just before the end of Mitt Romney's term as governor, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-owned computer hard drives, and the Romney administration's e-mails were all wiped from a server.

The chief legal counsel for Gov. Deval Patrick tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/t6ijQS) that Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor's office replaced just before the Democrat took over in 2007.

A spokeswoman for Romney, now the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, says the sale of hard drives to aides was legal. She accused Patrick of "doing the Obama campaign's dirty work."

Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin, who oversees state public records laws, says emails are like paper records and should be turned over to the state archivist.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe