Missing Los Alamos disks located
- By Judi Hasson
- Jun 16, 2000
Two missing computer drives containing nuclear secrets were discovered within
the secure confines of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, officials said
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said the two hard drives, which disappeared
more than a month ago, were found within the secure area that houses the
vault in which they had been kept. The vault holds materials of the Nuclear
Emergency Search Team.
The hard drives were visually validated, and the FBI is conducting official
validation of their authenticigy, according to DOE. Top DOE officials and
the FBI had conducted an exhaustive search of the New Mexico facility beginning
June 1, when it was disclosed the drives had been missing for three weeks.
FBI officials also began conducting polygraph tests on 26 people who
had unescorted access to the vaults where the material was held.
Retired Air Force Gen. Eugene Habiger, DOE's top security official,
told Congress this week that DOE believed the material had been misplaced,
Nevertheless, the disclosure brought immediate condemnation from members
of Congress who criticized DOE for failing to tighten security at Los Alamos
and other nuclear facilities run by the agency.