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MSNBC report on US military secrets on sale in Afghanistan mentions new 'torture' photos

Raw Story | April 14 2006

Some of the information from a laptop containing secret Pentagon intelligence information that was being sold at an Afghan bazaar -- which was first reported on by the Los Angeles Times -- has come into the posession of MSNBC reporters -- and the data contains new photographs of "individuals" who have been tortured and killed.

This angle of the story was first caught by a diarist at Daily Kos.


This week, an NBC News producer, using a hidden camera, visited the bazaar and bought a half dozen of the memory drives the size of a thumb known as flash drives. On them, NBC News found highly sensitive military information, some which NBC will not reveal.

Some of the data would be valuable to the enemy, including:

Names and personal information for dozens of DOD interrogators;
Documents on an “interrogation support cell” and interrogation methods;
IDs and photos of U.S. troops.
Among the photos of Americans are pictures of individuals who appear to have been tortured and killed, most too graphic to show. NBC News does not know who caused their injuries. The Pentagon would not comment on the photos.

The tiny computer memories are believed to have been smuggled off base by Afghan employees and sold to shopkeepers. Whoever buys one can simply plug it into another computer, and in a couple of minutes, see thousands of files.



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