FBI loses laptops with important information
The FBI lost 10 laptops containing classified information during a period of nearly four years, ending in 2005, according to a report done by the Justice Department's inspector general, CNN reports (http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/12/fbi.laptops/index.html).
Overall, 160 laptops were stolen during the 44-month period ending on September 30, 2005. Inspector General Glenn Fine also reported that 160 weapons were also missing from the FBI.
The report also stated that one of the 10 missing laptops had information identifying FBI personnel. Several of the stolen laptops also contained important counterterrorism and counterintelligence information.
This report did show improvement on the 2002 audit, which found more than 300 laptops and 300 weapons had been stolen in a 28-month period.
Assistant FBI Director John Miller stressed the improvement that had been made, but also acknowledged the more had to be done to secure information.
According to a Washington Post article, the report said in a few cases FBI officials didn't try to assess the potential damage to national security when a laptop holding secret information was lost or stolen (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200629.html).
According to the 2002 audit, several of the stolen weapons were used in robberies and one was found on a murder victim.
Overall, the FBI maintains more than 52,000 weapons and 26,000 laptops, according to the 2005 audit.
The CNN article takes a hard news approach. It brings up the 10 classified info laptops in the lead and then goes into the more broad detail in the nut graph. This article had strong quotes, from politicians, FBI officials and the Inspector General. I wish the article would have delved further into explanations on how these laptops were stolen. The Post article was very similar. The only key difference was that it described the 2002 audit in further detail.