Finally: Specifics on N.M. solar observatory evacuation

Finally: Specifics on N.M. solar observatory evacuation
Sunspot Solar Observatory grounds, New Mexico. YouTube video

[Ed. – It seems unlikely that all the secrecy was really essential, but the explanation at least does make sense. As suspected, the “criminal activity” involved using the Internet.]

The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor’s computer found at the observatory, and agents tracked wireless signals used to access child porn, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit. …

The search warrant filed last week in federal court in Las Cruces said the facility’s chief observer, who was not identified, told FBI agents in August he found a laptop computer with child pornography several months earlier but did not immediately report the discovery to authorities because he was “distracted” by an unspecified urgent issue at the observatory. …

An FBI agent seized the laptop at the observatory on Aug. 21, 2018, and took it to the FBI office in Las Cruces, court documents said.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Thursday that no one has been charged and the investigation is ongoing.

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