OCTOBER 25, 2006
Classified information stolen years ago from a major government-owned nuclear laboratory with a history of serious security breaches was accidentally found in a drug dealer’s mobile home.
The computer disks containing nuclear secretes belong to the nation’s leading nuclear weapons lab, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and were first reported stolen in 2004. At the time, frantic authorities closed the New Mexico facility to search for the missing disks. Days later, they claimed it was all mistake because the disks never existed.
This week the “nonexistent” classified disks surfaced during a New Mexico police department’s search of a drug-dealer’s mobile home. The man, also charged with domestic violence, got the top-secret information from a woman who is a contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
This is just the latest of many embarrassing incidents for the lab, which has seen numerous other security lapses, theft, and fraud through the years. In fact, the Energy Department has labeled the facility “a systematic management failure.” Regardless, the U.S. Government renewed the contract of the failing managers, the University of California, a few years ago for $512 million.
One of those appalling failures took place in 1999 when Chinese communist scientist Wen Ho Lee stole sensitive nuclear secrets from the facility. Judicial Watch represented the whistleblower, Notra Trulok, responsible for launching an investigation into Lee’s actions. Trulok was the Energy Department’s intelligence operations chief and Clinton Administration officials defamed him by accusing him of being a racist in order to cover up Lee’s repeated security breeches.
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