FBI documents expose Carnivore glitch in bin Laden probe

    Date30 May 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2860
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A technical glitch in the FBI system for tapping e-mail hampered an investigation apparently linked to Osama bin Laden and raises privacy concerns, a privacy watchdog group said yesterday. The Carnivore system was supposed to capture e-mail from the target . . . A technical glitch in the FBI system for tapping e-mail hampered an investigation apparently linked to Osama bin Laden and raises privacy concerns, a privacy watchdog group said yesterday. The Carnivore system was supposed to capture e-mail from the target of the investigation, but it also saved messages from other individuals, according to an FBI memo made public by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, which obtained the memo under the Freedom of Information Act.

    "The software was turned on and did not work correctly," the memo, dated April 5, 2000, said. An "FBI technical person was apparently so upset that he destroyed all" saved e-mail messages, including the ones related to the investigation, according to the memo.

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