Department of State

INR Laptop Computer Disappears

Arranged chronologically.

Mufson, Steven. "State Dept. Computer With Secrets Vanishes." Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2000, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a senior State Department official, "[a] laptop computer containing top-secret information vanished" from INR "more than a week ago, and the FBI is investigating whether it was stolen.... The material the laptop contains is classified as 'sensitive compartmented information' (SCI)." See also, Christopher Marquis, "Missing State Dept. Computer Prompts Call for Investigation," New York Times, 18 Apr. 2000.

Marquis, Christopher. "Security Faces Review After Laptop Vanishes." New York Times, 22 Apr. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A senior administration official said on 21 April that "[t]he State Department is considering a reorganization of its security system after a laptop computer vanished from an intelligence office with highly sensitive files about weapons proliferation.... Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright may recommend stripping the ... Bureau of Intelligence and Research of its power to manage its own security and place it under the aegis of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the official said." See also, Steven Mufson, "Missing PC Held Trove of Secrets," Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2000, A1.

Barber, Ben. "Albright Shifts Duties After Computer Loss." Washington Times, 25 Apr. 2000. [http://www.washtimes.com]

On 24 April 2000, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright "reassigned two officials and stripped her main intelligence advisers of their security duties.... She said that after consulting with the head of the CIA she was shifting the task of protecting national secrets at the State Department to the Diplomatic Security Division.... She appointed the assistant secretary of diplomatic security, David Carpenter, as her senior adviser on security issues."

See also, Norman Kempster, "Albright Demands Shake-up in Security Procedures," Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2000; Christopher Marquis, "Albright Shakes Up Staff Over Security Lapses," New York Times, 25 Apr. 2000; and Steven Mufson, "State Dept. Transfers Security Duties After Criticism Over Vanished Laptop." Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2000, A21.

Marquis, Christopher. "Albright Rebukes Diplomats for Security Slips." New York Times, 4 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In a 3 May 2000 speech "broadcast live on the department's internal television network and beamed by satellite to American missions in dozens of countries," Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright "said she was furious over both the disappearance of a laptop computer packed with classified information and other recent security lapses at the State Department." See also, Steven Mufson, "Albright: Security Lapses Are 'Intolerable,'" Washington Post, 4 May 2000, A14; and David Sands, "Albright Lectures on Lax Security," Washington Times, 4 May 2000.

Mufson, Steven. "State Dept. Tallies Missing Laptops.'" Washington Post, 18 May 2000, A25. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A "broad survey" conducted by State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security "was able to account for all of the [department's] 60 classified laptops with the exception of the one highly classified laptop computer reported missing last month."


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