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911 Op Arrested For Accessing Terrorist Info

From ABC’s Rochester, NY affiliate, WHAM-13:

Woman Arrested for Accessing Websites With Terrorist Information

Reported by: Jane Flasch

(Rochester, N.Y.) – A 911 dispatcher, Nadire Zelenaj, has been arrested for using computers at work to access secure government Web sites containing information about suspected terrorists.

Now, the FBI wants to know what she did with that sensitive information. Agents would not comment other than to say it’s part of a larger investigation.

Zenelaj was hired in 2002 after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Her job enables her to access a secured police data site with criminal information. 

However, police allege Zelenaj accessed a terrorist watch list for personal reasons.

A co-worker saw her using the site and became suspicious. Officials tracked her movements between January 2006 and December 2007 and say she visited that site at least 232 times.

Richard Vega of the Office of Public Integrity said that, at present, they can only suspect what she’s been up to.

Zenelaj faces 232 felony counts of computer trespass and one count of official misconduct. She was fired in December.

How weird. Of course the name might give a clue.

And once again these are the kinds of stories that we never hear about except in the local media.

Why is that?

(Thanks to Noyzmaker for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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