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New security breach revealed: Los Alamos National Labs

"Reports of a major breach of security involving the board of directors of the corporation managing Los Alamos National Laboratory came to light Thursday.

The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees the nuclear complex wrote to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman citing information obtained by committee staff from sources outside the department.

The letter expressed concern that information about the breach, reported on Jan. 19, 2007, was withheld from the committee, despite two subcommittee hearings that were held in the meantime for the express purpose of investigating security practices at LANL.

Largely because of a series of security problems in the past, the contracts for LANL and its sister laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were put out to bid. LANL's contract was awarded to Los Alamos National Security, (LANS), LLC, and they assumed responsibility on June 1, 2006.

"Apparently, open e-mail networks were used by several LANS officials to share classified information relating to the characteristics of nuclear material in nuclear weapons,"

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