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You are correct – we wipe plain-text files after they are no longer needed. This does not always mean that it’s impossible to recover, it depends on operating system, firmware and the hard drive among other things.
Normal file recovery software will probably succeed in recovering the *wiped* file, if done soon after the fact. But it’s still wiped.