July 21, 2007

I don't know about you, but I've had a sneaky suspicion since this story broke that we weren't getting the whole story...

Herald Sun (Australia)

Roy Lynn Oakley, 67, worked for Bechtel Jacobs, a contractor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a US nuclear research facility created in the 1940s to develop a nuclear bomb.

Mr Oakley was charged with taking US government data and hardware and agreeing to pass it to another person.

ABC television said he was arrested trying to sell it to an undercover agent.

It was unclear how the low-level contract worker, who did maintenance work and escorted visitors at the Oak Ridge National lab in Knoxville, Tennessee, managed to access the classified documents.[..]

Mr Oakley had reason to believe that equipment would be "utilised to injure the United States and secure an advantage to a foreign nation,'' the Justice Department statement said.[..]

The US Department of Energy said the materials posed no threat to people who may have come across them.

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