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Guantanamo Commissions Paralyzed by Data Breach | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS April 12, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Computer Security, Politics.
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All defense counsel representing detainees facing charges before the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay have been forced to stop work as a result of an internal data breach in the Pentagon’s computer system.

Earlier this month, a “significant amount of defense work” was lost from a common drive, along with “over 500,000 e-mails containing attorney-client privileged communications,” according to a statement from Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, lead defense counsel for the lawyer for Mustafa al Hawsawi, one of four men being tried along with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Defense lawyers also say that more recently, confidential defense files had appeared on prosecution servers, and vice versa.  James Connell, lead counsel for co-defendant Ammar al Baluchi, said that he had seen a prosecution folder on the defense counsel’s drive, but did not open the file.

Connell called the data breach, “simply the latest in a series of revelations of courtroom monitoring,” referring to disclosures in February of audio monitoring devices and controversial searches of the detainees’ legal bins.

via Guantanamo Commissions Paralyzed by Data Breach | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS.

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