National Archives “Loses” Sensitive Clinton Administration Data

May 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Inspector General of the National Archives and Records Administration, Paul Brachfeld was forced to admit to Congress this week that the agency somehow lost a hard drive containing sensitive information from the Clinton administration, including social security numbers, personal addresses of former staff and general political logs and reports.

Apparently the sensitive hard drive, was just deposited on a shelf and left out in the open on October 2008 and wasn’t discovered missing until March 2009. Officials don’t have a clue at this point, whether the hard drive was inadvertently lost or was stolen from the Archives building in College Park, Maryland.

The FBI and the Secret Service are conducting an investigation to determine the severity of the security breach. The Archives has a copy of the hard drive, but it contains a whopping 1-terabyte amount of data, which will take time to sift through.

At this point, all that’s known for sure is that the social security number of one of former Vice President Al Gore’s daughters was on the missing drive.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers sitting on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling in Archives acting director, Adrienne Thomas, for a little chat on Thursday.



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