Witness Protection Program lost two 'known or suspected terrorists'
Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Marshals Service lost two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” states the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.
According to the report, one of the suspects was later discovered to be living outside of the United States.
The other suspect is also believed to be outside of the country.
The Justice Department said in a statement that the number of former known or suspected terrorists represents "a fraction of one percent" of the people in the witness program.
The statement goes on to say the FBI has not identified a national security threat tied to the participation of terrorism-linked witnesses.
The news comes in the middle of a week of bad news for the Obama administration, with revelations that the Justice Department secretly collected months of phone records for reporters and editors at The Associated Press; renewed criticism and accusations of a cover-up over the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack; and revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.