13 Aug 2004
3. LOS ALAMOS: MISSING DISKS MAY HAVE ONLY EXISTED ON PAPER.
The word from Los Alamos this week is that the missing disks from the
weapons division, which have had the government in an uproar (WN 16 Jul
04), never existed. A sheet of 20 labels was printed out and entered into
the database, but only 18 were used. As a result, 23 scientists were placed
on leave and research has been halted for weeks as the FBI hunted for two
nonexistent disks. If this incident was really a clerical error, rather
than a consequence of the lab’s "culture of arrogance," then somebody owes
these scientists an apology.