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Stolen US military secrets on sale in Afghanistan

Computer disks stolen from a us base in Afghanistan said to contain military secrets are on sale in a bazaar despite an ongoing investigation and a security clampdown, witnesses said.

Computer disks stolen from a us base in Afghanistan said to contain military secrets are on sale in a bazaar despite an ongoing investigation and a security clampdown, witnesses said.

Dozens of memory chips are openly displayed for sale in shops at the public bazaar in Bagram, north of Kabul, where the base is located.

us military spokesman at Bagram air base, Colonel Paul Fitzpatrick, said the scam was being investigated, but did not rule out that discs containing sensitive information were still being smuggled out. “I think it’s possible,” he said. “Bagram and other coalition bases are taking significant steps to investigate and to review and update policies regarding the physical security of materials.”

Earlier this month the Los Angeles Times reported the information included classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of Afghan officials alleged to be corrupt and details of American defences and personnel. The data was smuggled out of the main us military base at Bagram on flash memory drives stolen from computers by Afghan cleaners and garbage collectors working inside the compound, the paper said.

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The computer drives fetched between $20-80.

Since the report, the us military has bought up several of the devices and tightened security, but a shopkeeper said the information was still being smuggled out, mainly by Afghans working as laundry collectors.

First published on: 29-04-2006 at 01:41:56 am
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