Lab Suspends Employees Over Missing Data

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/3611739/3611740" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
The exterior of the Los Alamos National Laboratories facility.

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

toggle caption David Kestenbaum, NPR

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.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from