[ISN] Salt Lake FBI office has serious lapses that could jeopardize national security, sources say

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 02:14:40 -0500 (CDT)

Lori Prichard reporting
produced by Kelly Just
May 10th, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY -- A pattern of long-term and ongoing problems inside the 
regional headquarters of the FBI in Salt Lake City could have 
catastrophic consequences to national security, sources connected to the 
FBI say.

Nearly a dozen self-described whistleblowers -- including those with 
strong ties to the FBI’s Salt Lake field office -- have come forward to 
expose potentially serious security breaches, including the removal of 
classified documents from the office contrary to strict FBI protocol.

"It's a huge deal," one FBI source said. "We're talking about the 
pinnacle of law enforcement. And they’ve got corruption inside their own 

"The actions that Salt Lake City is taking definitely could jeopardize 
national security," another FBI source said.

Concerns over security protocol, records access

These whistleblowers were interviewed as part of a yearlong 
investigation by KSL News, which was able to corroborate much of what 
each source reported by conducting individual interviews without the 
knowledge of other sources. These individuals spoke on the condition 
that their identities be protected.

The sources provided details of multiple violations of internal FBI 
policies, including lax oversight of highly classified documents stored 
inside the Salt Lake City office’s Secret Compartmented Information 
Facility; the failure to enforce rules that restrict access to areas 
where classified documents are kept; violations of policies that govern 
the issuance of FBI credentials; and concerns that high-level FBI 
officials may have covered up a formal complaint of security violations.


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