Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 1986 file photo, Oliver North is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Foreign Affairs  Committee. In the never-ending quest to preserve the government's history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before there were “delete” keys on computers, there were paper shredders, "erase" buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. The current dustup over access to Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails as secretary of state is causing historians and government record-keepers alike to take stock of what may be a best-of-times, worst-of-times moment for saving government records.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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