Friday, July 08, 2005

DEA snitch data lost

This just-noticed June 7 Newsweek headline piqued my nascent interest in snitches:

"Missing: A Laptop of DEA Informants"

Apparently in May, an auditor from the Office of Inspector General either had a laptop with up to 100 confidential informants' information stolen from his car, or else he destroyed the laptop containing the data. He told investigators both tales at different times.

According to Newsweek, "it included more than 4,000 pages of case-file data, including enough details about the informants' work that it could allow drug traffickers to figure out who they are." The OIG was auditing Drug Enforement Agency payments to confidential informants when the data went missing.


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