By Michael Astor
Feb. 28, 2008
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When computers with information about newly
discovered oil fields off Brazil's eastern coast vanished earlier this
month, allegedly in transit from an offshore rig, it jolted the oil
industry and alarmed even the nation's president.
On Thursday, however, police said it was petty theft, not corporate
espionage, that led to the disappearance of information about the Tupi
fields, an oil discovery so large that Brazilian officials have said the
country may join OPEC.
"They didn't have the slightest idea of what they had," federal police
inspector Valdinho Jacinto Caetano said.
Four security guards who worked at the port of Macae, a coastal city in
Rio de Janeiro state, have been arrested, and police recovered laptops
and hard drives taken from state oil company Petrobras.
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