The theft of sensitive information from a Secret Service agent’s vehicle again looks to have been an instance of someone exploiting the security vulnerabilities, in this case laxity, of the Secret Service. With the theft of an agent’s laptop, the perpetrator appears to have deliberately targeted her and her vehicle, seemingly aware that there would be valuable information left inside. President Trump might want to see if the Keystone Cops are available as a security upgrade from what he has now.
A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower as well as information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation, apparently still ongoing, and evacuation protocols was stolen on Thursday morning. Other national security information was reportedly on the stolen laptop as well. It had been carelessly and irresponsibly left in her vehicle, parked in her driveway, outside her Brooklyn home. The evacuation protocol information is particularly unsettling, as bad guys have a blueprint for how the Secret Service will react to a threat.
Anyone who’s ever gone Christmas shopping knows your car is a dangerous place for visible valuables such as gifts. You lock them up in your trunk if you can’t take them with you. She could and should have taken her laptop and the papers inside. Merry Christmas, bad guys. Oh, she shouldn’t have.
Items stolen at the same time, along with the laptop, including coins and a black bag with the Secret Service insignia on it, have been recovered. The laptop, as well as other documents which were inside and are described as sensitive were nowhere to be seen.
Video surveillance captured the thief stepping out of a car, possibly an Uber, and stealing the laptop from the agent’s vehicle. No information is provided as to whether the windows were up or down or the doors locked, just that he was then seen walking away from the scene with a backpack.
The agent told investigators there was nothing about the White House or foreign leaders stored on the laptop but that there was information on it which could compromise national security. The agent’s keycard was also taken so access to other documents or areas may have been available for a limited time or even still be accessible. Considering it’s the Secret Service, they may not have thought to invalidate her key card yet.
A police source was quoted as saying, “The Secret Service is very heavily involved and, citing national security, there’s very little we have on our side. It’s a very big deal. There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive. They’re scrambling like mad.”
Who would know the identity of the agent in the home and the location of her residence? The thief clearly had identified his target in advance, taking precautions against being tracked by using the Uber vehicle to get there and going directly to the agent’s driveway. It looks like an inside job.
Since blueprints of Trump Tower are on file with the building department, assessor’s office or fire department, that may not have been the target. It could have been the other sensitive information or, perhaps more likely in the case of an inside job, an interest in finding out where they are in the Hillary Clinton investigation and what their thinking is. Is the Department of Justice planning to prosecute Hillary Clinton? Is Obama concerned about his dirty deeds coming out as part of that investigation? What else might have been on that laptop that we’re not being told about?
Whatever the objective it does seem to be another successful targeting of the Trump administration by their enemies within, the deep state insiders. He clearly needs to increase his security, beef up the presence and get some smarter, more capable leadership. That needs to happen right away. He’s a target of too many to have the luxury of taking his time and he must already be aware of that.
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