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Date: 2000-04-24

Laptop-GAU im State Department

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Jetzt sieht es so aus, als würde sich der verlorenen Laptop
im US State Department zu einem der schlimmsten Fälle in
der Geschichte entwickeln. Außenministerin Albright ist
furios darüber, das Daten der höchsten Geheimhaltungsstufe
in welche Hände auch immer geraten sind.

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The laptop computer missing from the State Department
contained thousands of classified documents about arms
proliferation issues, including highly sensitive information
about the sources and methods of U.S. intelligence
collection, State Department officials said yesterday.
If the laptop was stolen for the information it contained about
the spread of sophisticated weapons technology, the theft
would represent one of the most serious single losses of
classified information ever by the United States, said a
source familiar with the case.

Several sources in the department said that Secretary of
State Madeleine K. Albright is "furious" about the security
lapse and is once again considering the transfer of
responsibility for top-secret information from the Bureau of
Intelligence and Research (INR) to the Bureau of Diplomatic

The laptop contained "code word" information, a classification
higher than top secret.
After The Washington Post first reported that the laptop was
missing, the chairman of the House International Relations
Committee, Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.), said he
would hold hearings on allegations of lax security at the
State Department.

A senior State Department official said yesterday the laptop
was never supposed to leave the INR conference room in
which it was kept. The senior official said a laptop was used
instead of a desktop computer so that different people with
clearance could use the computer and access its information
without having to switch chairs.

The FBI has joined the search and the examination of
suspects, including contractors who have been renovating the
area, the official said.

A person familiar with the laptop incident said an official had
propped open the door of the secure conference room, that
contractors lacking security clearances were working in the
sensitive area, that the contractors were not properly
escorted, and that the laptop had not been properly secured.

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published on: 2000-04-24
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