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Linguist Accused of Data Breaches at Base in Cuba

The contract worker gathered, transmitted and lost secret defense information related to Guantanamo detainees, an indictment charges. A linguist at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly “gathering, transmitting and losing defense information” that was part of the military’s highly secret operation of interrogating suspected terrorist detainees at the prison camp there. Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, a private contract employee who worked with the detainees, most of whom are suspected of being Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, was arrested Sept. 29 at Logan International Airport in Boston while returning from Egypt. Customs and Border Protection officials found he was carrying compact discs that included sensitive and secret material from the Camp Delta prison. At that time, he was charged only with making false statements to authorities. But the indictment, announced by U.S. Atty. Michael J. Sullivan in Boston, goes much further, alleging that Mehalba was not authorized to have the material in the first place and that he was supposed to have delivered it to a U.S. military official before going to Egypt. Full Story

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