- The Washington Times - Friday, February 18, 2000

The Pentagon cannot explain how former CIA Director John Deutch placed highly classified defense information on his unprotected home computers, a spokesman said Thursday.

"How could classified material have gotten onto an unclassified system? … How did this happen?" asked Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, the spokesman of two investigations being conducted by the department. "Just how did that material get to where it got?"

The spokesman was responding to a report in The Washington Times that the Pentagon is investigating whether Mr. Deutch compromised ultrasecret special access programs, known as "black programs" because they are so secret, by placing details about them on his home computers.

In a related development, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced Thursday that Mr. Deutch will appear before a closed-door meeting of the committee on Tuesday to answer questions about the security breach.

A committee spokesman said Mr. Deutch would be questioned about the information found on his home computers, including data from both the CIA and the Pentagon.

"The committee is going to inquire about all aspects, including the nature of the information," the spokesman said.

The committee is investigating whether the CIA tried to cover up the investigation into Mr. Deutch's mishandling of classified material.

Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was concerned about the latest disclosures relating to sensitive Pentagon data.

"At the present time, the primary jurisdiction is with the Intelligence Committee but I and the Senate Armed Services Committee are following this closely," Mr. Warner said through a spokesman.

In the House, a spokesman for the committee on intelligence said that panel is waiting to see the results of various investigations before deciding whether to conduct its own inquiry.

The president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board also is investigating some aspects of the handling of the matter.

Asked about the special access programs, Adm. Quigley would not answer directly. He said it could be something "that was relevant" to the department "at any classification level."

"We're reviewing paper that was provided to us by the CIA that they felt pertained to DOD equities," Adm. Quigley said. "If it was a subject that we would care about, we were provided paper by the CIA that says,'Here, this is what we know, this is what we found. You guys do with this what you will.' "

Mr. Deutch was stripped of most of his security clearances in August after a CIA investigation determined that he had improperly stored CIA secrets on his home computers.

Earlier this month, the CIA provided a diary kept by Mr. Deutch to the Pentagon that officials said contained details of special access programs.

Adm. Quigley said two investigations were launched at the Pentagon on the material. One is a security review of the material and the second is a probe by the Pentagon inspector general.

Once the material is reviewed, "we'll take the appropriate steps, but we're just not to that point yet to say with definition what the next step is," he said.

Adm. Quigley said the inspector general's office has been hampered by the sensitivity of the material.

"In other words, the inspector-general personnel that are accomplishing this part of the review don't necessarily have the requisite security classification, the security clearance, to review the material," he said.

The second review is being carried out by various elements of the Pentagon who have all the needed security clearances to review the material.

Special access programs include some of the Pentagon's most sensitive information. Past programs have included special high-technology weapons and special intelligence collections systems.

The Pentagon also has launched a special access program on electronic "information warfare" how to attack electronic and computer systems. That information is known to be a target of foreign intelligence services.

Asked why the sensitive information, which was discovered in early 1997, was only supplied to the Pentagon 11 days ago, Adm. Quigley said, "I don't know that we had a full understanding at that point of what information may have been involved that was relevant to the Defense Department."

"First, we need to understand what the material that we received from the CIA contains. Where does that point us for future directions and courses of action? We just don't know yet until we're done reviewing that," Adm. Quigley said.

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