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December 16, 2006


Doesn't it also remind one of the way the Niger yellowcake allegations got into the consciousness of the so-called intelligence community?


It does, but it's actually much worse. The Niger allegation was not made publicly until December 19, 2002. This was first made on November 2004. So by the time they get around to using it to support their case for an Iranian attack, it will have seeped in over 3 years time, and no one will remember these details that were exposed the first time the claim was made.

This is more akin to the aluminum tubes (I've even said that nose cones are the new aluminum tube)--a physical piece of evidence, about which the IC seems to be prematurely concluding indicates nukes, in spite of evidence to the contrary.

The Laptop of Death - this is such an interesting story. You rightly talk about the stupidity of those involved. Information security isn't just about taking care of devices like laptops - in a more general sense its about people being sensible and discreet. Who is listening? Shall I shred this document? Is my phone secure? What do I say in a social/casual situation? Right now is an exciting time for technology, particularly mobile technology covering laptops, mobile phones and PDAs. Also the web and they way they all work with the web. There are lessons for all of us in this article.

The Laptop of Death is now apparently the basis for the National Intelligence Estimate's claim that Iran had a nuclear weapons program until 2003, even though there's absolutely nothing to support that claim.

Very useful, this laptop. It can prove whatever you want it to prove.

Sorry, I definitely believe in updating, but I don't understand how this posting, published in Dec 06, link to the WPost story by Dafna Linzer published on 8 Feb 2008, and to a later posting on this same blog also on 8 Feb 2008? Just wondering ... wouldn't it be better to mention the updating, if that's what it is?

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