Breach at Archives threatens Clinton records


More than 100,000 Social Security numbers as well as Secret Service and White House operating procedures are on a hard drive missing from the National Archives and Records Administration.

NARA’s inspector general briefed members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tuesday about the national security information breach at the administration’s College Park, Md., facility.
The drive contains one terabyte of data from Clinton administration records, according to a news release from the committee’s Republican staff, including:

  • 100,000 Social Security numbers, including one of then-Vice President Al Gore’s daughters,
  • Contact information, including addresses, for Clinton administration officials,
  • Secret Service and White House operating procedures,
  • Event logs and social gather logs,
  • Political records and other sensitive administration.

One terabyte is the equivalent to millions of books, said the IG. The loss occurred between October 2008 and March 2009, according to the Republican news release. Officials have not determined if the loss is a result of theft of accident, and the Secret Service is investigating.

The FBI is also investigating, according to a news release from Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.

“The committee will do everything possible to prevent compromising the integrity of the FBI’s criminal investigation while we fulfill our constitutional duty to investigate the compromised security protocols at the National Archives and work to prevent future incidents,” Towns said.

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