Lab Suspends Employees Over Missing Data

The exterior of the Los Alamos National Laboratories facility.

The exterior of the Los Alamos National Laboratories facility. David Kestenbaum, NPR hide caption

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico places 15 employees on mandatory leave as the FBI investigates the disappearance of two data storage devices containing classified information. The incident raises questions over the balance between protecting top secret research at the nuclear weapons lab and scientists who value working unhindered by elaborate security measures. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.

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