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Secret Nobel Prize documents stolen

Secret Nobel Prize documents stolen

Published: 23 Feb 2011 08:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Feb 2011 15:01 GMT+01:00

Confidential information about possible winners for the Nobel Prize in Medicine has disappeared from a member of the committee.

The material, which included evaluations of possible candidates, including IVF pioneer Robert Edwards, who won the 2010 Nobel Medicine Prize, was stolen from the committee member's car.

Among the missing documents are five books and a computer.

According to Göran K. Hansson, the committee's secretary, the material was stolen when the car was broken into last year, the Dagens Medicin newspaper reports.

The material had been temporarily left in the car by committee chair Klas Kärre.

The car was parked on Blasieholmen, a peninsula in central Stockholm, at the time of the theft.

"The thief broke into the car, found the briefcase and stole it," he told the AFP news agency, adding he could divulge that Edwards' name "was mentioned in the

documents," since "now we know of course that it was Robert Edwards who got the Nobel Prize last year."

The theft had not however altered the committee's decision to hand the

award to the 85-year-old Briton known as "the father of the test tube baby", since "we cannot let this kind of actions influence our decisions," Hansson said.

The documents, which provided evaluations of several candidates, did not spell out clearly that Edwards would be the winner. They were stolen in the spring and the final decision was not taken until the first Monday of October.

"It's very, very stupid to leave valuables in the car. Everyone should know that by now," Cecilie Nergaard of the Stockholm police told Dagens Medicin.

Hansson regrets what happened, but points out that the information dealt with last year's Nobel Prize winners.

"I hope and believe that both the public and the research community understand that it's not possible to protect oneself against crime in every situation. Our committee members must be able to take material home," he told the newspaper.

The lead up to the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine had another odd twist in that the name of the winner, British researcher Robert Edwards, was leaked ahead of the announcement.

The Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper published an article the morning before the Nobel Committee's announcement, something considered to be a unique event in the history of the Nobel Prize.

The press conference following the official announcement of Edwards as the winner focused mainly on how SvD had received the news.

But the committee denied at the time that someone could have leaked the information to the newspaper.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:57 February 23, 2011 by HYBRED
They will be on Wiki-Leaks later on today.
11:25 February 23, 2011 by N0DE
I am expecting the following comment , in just couple of hours from now

"This must have been stolen by an immigrant"

11:54 February 23, 2011 by HYBRED

Of course everyone knows that immigrants,(which I am one) are the cause of ALL the crimes and troubles in Sweden. And all Swedes are as pure as the driven snow. Swedes wouldn't think of doing anything immoral or illeagal would they.

They like to bash us immigrants, but when I wlk into a shop here with my fat USA pension they just love me.
12:26 February 23, 2011 by Taha

Well said!!

I was quite surprised by seeing no comment of such nature on the news of some swedes falling into a lake few days ago.

15:50 February 23, 2011 by UScitizen

You too????

I'm retired from the USA (civil service) and spending my hard-earned pension over here. What a small world.

Hey, I thought all Swedes were tall and thin, blond-haired and blue-eyed, named Lars and Inga before I moved over here.
22:38 February 23, 2011 by HYBRED

I am a retired Teamster. It's pretty nice here considering it is a thrird-world country. They could use a good half pound char broiled cheeseburger. Or maybe some good hot wings.

It is more like Anders & Jessika. And after Jessika hit 25yrs old she became wide instead of thin. And not blond any more because she found a bottle of the red hair dye that is so popular here.
05:59 February 24, 2011 by UScitizen
Thanks for the reply.
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