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Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Data Leaks Persist From Afghan Base

"A computer drive sold at a bazaar for $40 may hold the names of spies for the United States who inform on the Taliban and Al Qaeda."

$40?

What, do they have a Fry's in Kabul?
BAGRAM, Afghanistan — A computer drive sold openly Wednesday at a bazaar outside the U.S. air base here holds what appears to be a trove of potentially sensitive American intelligence data, including the names, photographs and telephone numbers of Afghan spies informing on the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Along with a fantastic assortment of nuts, dates and oils.

And pictures of Osama.
The flash memory drive, which a teenager sold for $40, holds scores of military documents marked "secret," describing intelligence-gathering methods and information — including escape routes into Pakistan and the location of a suspected safe house there, and the payment of $50 bounties for each Taliban or Al Qaeda fighter apprehended based on the source's intelligence.
"I'll give you $30."

"C'mon, Joe. Com-pu-ter drive! Ees new! 75."

"It's used, look at that. 30."

"C'mon, man! You geev me 60."

"30."
U.S. commanders in Afghanistan said an investigation was underway into what shopkeepers at the bazaar describe as ongoing theft and resale of U.S. computer equipment from the Bagram air base.
"50, man."

"I don't even need it. 30."

"Aw, man!!! 50."

"The guy over there has 'em for 40."

"Ok, 40."

"Done and done."
The credibility and reliability of some intelligence sources identified in the documents is marked as unknown.

Other operatives, however, appear to be of high importance, including one whose information, the document says, led to the apprehension of seven Al Qaeda suspects in the United States.

One document describes a source as having "people working for him" in 11 Afghan cities. "The potential for success with this contact is unlimited," the report says.

Even the names of people identified as the sources' wives and children are listed — details that could put them at risk of retaliation by insurgents who have boasted about executing dozens of people suspected of spying for U.S. forces.

The drive includes descriptions of Taliban commanders' meetings in neighboring Pakistan and maps of militants' infiltration and escape routes along its border with Afghanistan.
You remember Afghanistan, right?

We wrapped up that operation...years ago.

Totally under control.

More later...

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