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Ex-NSA Workers Want Computers Back After Probe

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former National Security Agency analysts who had complained about waste and mismanagement want authorities to return computers seized from their homes.

The four plaintiffs named in the motion filed in U.S. District Court this week include Thomas Drake, a former NSA executive who admitted giving information to The Baltimore Sun about a government electronic espionage program. He had been charged with felony espionage, but the other three weren’t charged.

Drake tells The Baltimore Sun that the FBI has seven of his computers and backup drives that contain personal records and photos. The four say the government is refusing to return the computers because they contain drafts of a blueprint for a private consulting business to help companies mine information from large databases.

The Department of Justice declined to comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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