[ISN] Two laptops missing from U.S. Central Command recovered

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Date: Mon Aug 12 2002 - 00:48:39 PDT

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    TAMPA (AP) - Two laptop computers that had been missing from the
    military command center coordinating the war in Afghanistan were
    recovered Friday, and a suspect was in custody, an Air Force spokesman
    said. One of the computers that disappeared Thursday from the U.S.  
    Central Command contained classified information.
    Maj. Mike Richmond, a spokesman for the Air Force's Office of Special
    Investigations, wouldn't comment on a motive but said the laptops
    apparently weren't taken because of information they contained. He
    also said the theft had nothing to do with espionage.
    The computers were recovered from a private residence. The suspect is
    a member of the military who had access to the secure area where the
    laptops were kept, but Richmond declined to identify his branch or
    "He was one who was on the list and had access, and in the course of
    talking to him and others, we got a confession out of him," Richmond
    Central Command, led by Army Gen. Tommy Franks, is responsible for
    U.S. security interests in the Middle East. It oversees the continuing
    military operation in Afghanistan and has been deeply involved in
    planning for a possible U.S. effort to topple Iraqi leader Saddam
    The headquarters is part of MacDill Air Force Base.
    The suspect eventually will be turned over to his commanding officer,
    who will decide whether to pursue charges or other disciplinary
    action, Richmond said.
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