Intelligence: The State Dept. Lands In the Laptop of Danger

The State Dept. Lands In the Laptop of Danger

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT is furious--and embarrassed. It is bad enough the State Department had to admit that a notebook computer with sensitive material had vanished last January from its ultrasecure internal spy shop after Albright's inspector general warned about lax security there just months before. Now, intelligence sources tell TIME that the laptop in the Intelligence and Research Bureau contained critical data on weapons proliferation: the spread of missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Some of that intelligence came from signals intercepts classified as "Gamma"-level Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), two levels above Top Secret.

If the laptop has fallen into the...

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