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Break in at the University of Washington targets files related to lawsuit against CIA

Police are investigating the theft of material related to a recent lawsuit filed against the CIA. It is missing after a suspicious break-in at the UW’s Center for Human Rights. The break-in and theft coincides with a visit by CIA Director John Brennan, who was at the University of Washington to speak at the UW Law School. Brennan’s personal email was recently hacked, revealing a variety of sensitive CIA documents the Director had forwarded to his personal AOL account.

The Seattle Times reports:

University of Washington police are investigating a break-in at the offices of the director of the school’s Center for Human Rights after a computer and hard drive containing sensitive information about a recent lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency were stolen.

The center says that the office of Angelina Godoy was burglarized sometime between Thursday and Sunday. Godoy reported that the hard drive contained “about 90 percent of the information” relating to research in El Salvador that is the foundation of a freedom-of-information lawsuit the center filed Oct. 2 against the CIA.

The lawsuit alleges that the CIA has illegally withheld information about a U.S.-supported El Salvador army officer suspected of human-rights violations during that country’s civil war in the 1980s against leftist rebels.

Godoy, in a statement, said the center has backups of the stolen data.

Files for lawsuit against CIA stolen in ‘suspicious’ break-in at UW

“What worries us most is not what we have lost but what someone else may have gained,” the center wrote in a news release about the thefts. “The files include sensitive details of personal testimonies and pending investigations.”

Godoy acknowledged that the theft could be a “common crime,” but said in the statement that there are disturbing and suspicious elements to the burglary.

The break-in coincided with a campus visit by CIA Director John Brennan, who spoke Friday at a symposium at the UW law school. However, Norm Arkans, the UW’s associate vice president for media relations and communications, cautioned against “connecting those dots.”

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