Lawyers: Gonzales Mishandled Classified Data

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) Lawyers for Alberto Gonzales are admitting the former attorney general mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counterterror program, and may have even taken them home once.

Their memo was prepared ahead of a critical report coming from the Justice Department's Inspector General. It concerns the way Gonzales stored his notes about the sensitive information. That report could be released as early as today.

Sensitive Compartmentalized Information, or SCI, is one of the highest and most sensitive levels of classified documents and is deemed top secret.

It usually relates to national security cases.

Lawyers for Gonzales note there's no evidence security was ever breached.

At least two more reports, including one looking at Gonzales' role in the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys, are due in coming months.

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