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Classified nuclear documents from Los Alamos found in drug raid

Posted By Director On October 24, 2006 @ 12:15 am In Suspicious Incidents | Comments Disabled

24 October 2006: Federal authorities found classified documents that were apparently removed from the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab during a purported drug raid at the home of a female scientist who works at the lab. Police confirmed that they contacted the FBI Tuesday, and turned the investigation over to them upon finding the classified material while making an arrest in a methamphetamine investigation. An FBI source in Albuquerque confirmed that a federal search warrant was obtained and executed by that office on Friday, 20 October 2006.

Los Alamos has been plagued by a number of high-profile security problems over the last ten years, with perhaps the most significant of those cases involving nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee who was fired from Los Alamos on 8 March 1999 and later pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling nuclear secrets at the lab. That plea was accepted on the condition that Lee would co-operate with federal investigators on the larger investigation involving the (ultimate) transfer of classified nuclear documents to the Chinese government. Federal officials launched an investigation called “Operation Kindred Spirit” to determine how the Chinese managed to obtain the plans to a modern and highly secret nuclear warhead known as the W88 Trident D5.

The latest incident appears to be indicative of the continued lack of security at the nations infamous nuclear laboratory. An October 3, 2000 statement by Notra TRULOCK III, former director, of intelligence at the department of energy before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts outlines the security problems to that date. Trulock’s account was detailed by best selling author Bill Gertz in his books Kindred Spirit and The Chinese Threat.

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