News of the WeekNUCLEAR ESPIONAGE

Report Details Spying on Touring Scientists

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2300-2301
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2300

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A congressional report released this week details dozens of sometimes clumsy attempts by foreign agents to obtain nuclear secrets from U.S. nuclear scientists traveling abroad, ranging from offering scientists prostitutes to prying off the backs of their laptop computers. The report highlights the need to better prepare traveling researchers to safeguard secrets and resist such temptations, say the two lawmakers who requested the report and officials at the Department of Energy, which employs the scientists.

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