Feds investigating five-year-old leak of Marine-desired weapon


It looks like Marines thought Austin Powers’ nemesis, Dr. Evil, was onto something when he said he wanted some sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.

The Corps’ call for laser weaponry came from I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) for use in Iraq —  just on an Osprey instead of a shark.

Federal agents want to know who leaked the Marines’ call for a weapon that would make insurgents’ clothes burn off to Wired’s Danger Room blog five years ago. (Wired screen shot)














A document put up on Wired’s Danger Room, the tech magazine’s national security blog, in 2007 is causing a stir and federal officials want to know who leaked it. Only, they’re asking about it five years later. Danger Room is calling it the “silliest leak investigation ever.”

Still, the feds want to know who the source is. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has contacted Danger Room and its attorneys several times over six months regarding an investigation into the five-year-old leak.

But it’s all over a weapon that doesn’t even exist.

Danger Room referred to the Marine Corps’ request for laser weapon “almost comically over-the-top” as it includes photoshopped images of a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with a laser, and pictures with gun sights over insurgents’ heads, demonstrating how the energy weapon could take out a single person. The document-type labeled the need for this weapon as urgent.

Danger Room reported that the Marine Corps suggested that its desired laser weapon could inflict psychological damage against militants by lighting their clothes on fire from miles away. (Wired screen shot)














The document was posted on Wired’s site years ago, along with many requests for new weapons and technology coming out of Iraq. As reported, not everything troops requested was this extreme. Another urgent-need document called for bomb-resistant trucks — a practical request when the enemy plants improvised explosive devises all over the place.

What the tech blog is asking though is why the government is investigating the leak of a weapon that doesn’t even exist five years after the fact.

Is it a counterintelligence issue?


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