16 April 2006

Stolen military data for sale in Afghanistan - Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit - MSNBC.com

Stolen military data for sale in Afghanistan - Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit - MSNBC.com: "WASHINGTON - Just outside the main gate of the huge U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, shopkeepers at a bazaar peddle a range of goods, including computer drives with sensitive — even secret information — stolen from the base.
This week, an NBC News producer, using a hidden camera, visited the bazaar and bought a half dozen of the memory drives the size of a thumb known as flash drives. On them, NBC News found highly sensitive military information, some which NBC will not reveal.
“This isn't just a loss of sensitive information,” says Lt. Col. Rick Francona (ret.), an NBC News military analyst. “This is putting U.S. troops at risk. This is a violation of operational security.”
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Some of the data would be valuable to the enemy, including:
Names and personal information for dozens of DOD interrogators;
Documents on an “interrogation support cell” and interrogation methods;
IDs and photos of U.S. troops.
With information like this, “You could cripple our U.S. intelligence collection capability in Afghanistan,” says Francona.
Among the photos of Americans are pictures of individuals who appear to have been tortured and killed, most too graphic to show. NBC News does not know who caused their injuries. The Pentagon would not comment on the photos.
Red Tape: Military drives expose bigger problem
More reporting on this story from the AP, L.A. Times

The tiny computer memories are believed to have been smuggled off base by Afghan employees and sold to shopkeepers. Whoever buys one can simply plug it into another computer, and "

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