News of the WeekNUCLEAR SECURITY

Los Alamos Under Siege After Secrets Recovered

Science  23 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2109-2110
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2109a

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The secrets-packed computer hard drives that temporarily disappeared at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico could spark big changes in science and security at the country's nuclear weapons laboratories. As Science went to press, investigators were trying to determine if the disks--missing from a vault since at least 7 May and discovered behind a nearby copying machine on 16 June--were pocketed by spies or just mislaid by employees. Their disappearance touched off a debate about how useful they might be to a rogue nation or terrorist group.

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