Zero Hedge -- Even when Hillary Clinton is no longer running for president, laptop "accidents" continue to follow her.
As regular readers will recall, shortly before the election, the FBI revealed that a laptop containing some of Hillary Clinton's emails mysteriously disappeared in transit, while several months later, another laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner just as mysteriously was found to contain emails between his then-wife Huma Abedin and her boss, Hillary. The laptop in question prompted the FBI to reopen its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the presidential election.
Now, according to the New York Daily News which cites police sources, a laptop computer containing information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as well as floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information, was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in Brooklyn.
The secret service agent reported the laptop contained floor plans for Trump Tower, evacuation protocols and information regarding the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. The agent also told investigators that while nothing about the White House or foreign leaders is stored on the laptop, the information on there could compromise national security.
The thief also took "sensitive" documents and the agent's access keycard, though the level of the agent's access wasn't immediately clear.
The laptop was stolen on Thursday morning and authorities have been "frantically" searching for it ever since.
Some items stolen along with the laptop - including coins and a black bag with the Secret Service insignia on it - were later recovered. But the laptop, along with other documents described as "sensitive were still being sought.
Describing the theft, the NYDN reports that the thief stepped out of a car, possibly an Uber, on a street in Bath Beach and stole the laptop from the agent's vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of her home. He was then seen on video walking away from the scene with a backpack.
NYPD cops were assisting in the investigation but had scant information on what’s on the laptop, sources said.
"The Secret Service is very heavily involved and, citing national security, there's very little we have on our side," a police source said. "It's a very big deal.”
"There's data on there that's highly sensitive,” the police source added. “They're scrambling like mad.”
Blog Author's Comments: At one time the Secret Service could be depended on as a very seriously trusted organization. But recently this may not be the case. If the stolen laptop contained secret, highly sensitive information why was this left, in I would guess, the agent's unlocked vehicle, in the driveway of her home in New York? If this was a planned heist they knew the female agents address. Well, it was smart that the computer was password protected - she did have a password on it right? Oh hell, probably not.
No one steals a government computer with intentions of watching DVD's. Simply turning the machine on near a Wireless Application Protocol, a set of protocols for connecting mobile phones and other radio devices to the internet, will get you prison time as the machine will phone home. So the Secret Service and police either catch the thief the next day or so, or the computer never appears again and we know it was someone that targeted the laptop. This seems like an inside job which I think is the most plausible explanation. Why else would easily portable vital national security information be left "unguarded" - and the access keycard obtained, no less. Strange, what sensitive stuff a secret service agent is keeping in a parked car in her driveway. This is just ready-made for pick-up. It's virtually the same as directly handing it over.
There was a time when this 'oversight' by the agent was called a serious felony and people went to jail for a long time. Now, no names are mentioned to protect the guilty. It has been an upside down world for far too long. Finally we have a president, Donald Trump, who could accomplish a great deal of what our country needs. But, I and many others who support him are watching some of the GOP lawmakers, for I assume their own gain, attempt to screw up our chance to control the government for many years. They are pathetic! And if the Secret Service laptop is never recovered, the agent and a few more heads should roll.
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