The Office of the Inspector General for Social Security Administration has reversed an earlier statement given to the Post-Dispatch, and now says that its fraud investigator was never able to open the second list of Missouri concealed weapons permit holders he received.

"We have since learned that this latter information was incorrect. What was provided to our agent in January 2013 was also a single encrypted disk, and, as with the 2011 disk, our agent was unable to open it or view the data it contained, and it was destroyed. In sum, although this office twice received disks containing data identifying Missouri concealed carry permitholders, we were never successful in opening the files or viewing this data. We have a long and mutually beneficial working relationship with the MSHP, and we regret any confusion our earlier statement might have caused," Jonathan L. Lasher, spokesman for the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, wrote in an email to the Post-Dispatch today.

H/T Mark Sletten