FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 12, 2000
Rick Malaspina (510) 987-0105
rick.malaspina@ucop.edu


STATEMENT

The following statement was issued today (June 12) in connection with a security incident reported at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The University of California manages the laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Richard C. Atkinson
President
University of California

"The university takes this matter very seriously, and I have been personally engaged in addressing it. Strong and effective security at the national laboratories managed by the University of California is essential. We will not tolerate weaknesses. The university is working with the laboratory and the Department of Energy to know more about the incident at Los Alamos, and we are prepared to take all necessary and appropriate action in response to it. This includes making further improvements in laboratory security and holding individuals personally accountable for their conduct or lack of action in this matter."

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