Delusions of competence...
The phrases "Government Security" and "Government Intelligence" are rapidly becoming oxymorons, largely because the morons running them.
These were numbered, highly confidential docs that despite their small size had a number of military critical pieces of information in them - not to mention a diplomatically difficult critique of the state of the Iraqi Army.
Considering how much .gov loves RFID tech, shouldn't all such docs now have RFID stickers that scream blue bloody murder to security if they are let out of the building? This is something my company does for mission critical docs (reasonably large media company, slightly gutted this went to the Beeb rather than us).
Also, going back to the earlier issues with stolen laptops, why wasn't the data on it auto-encrypted? Fingerprint logon and encrypted partitions are, again, something we use for all mission critical apps, not to mention proper firewalling and AVS.
You would expect that a government that claims to have a mandate on national and info security would take at least the same precautions you'd expect of a decent-sized business.
Paris: because (a) she has more of a clue about this bunch and (b) enjoys being secured before confidential debriefings.