Secret Service says laptop stolen from
agent's car in New York
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[March 18, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
Secret Service said on Friday a laptop was stolen from an agent's car in
New York City but that such agency-issued computers contain multiple
layers of security and are not permitted to contain classified
The agency said in a statement that it was withholding additional
comment while an investigation continues.
ABC News, citing law enforcement sources, said the laptop contained
floor plans for Trump Tower, details on the criminal investigation of
Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and other national
The New York Daily News, citing police sources, said authorities had
been searching for the laptop since it was stolen on Thursday morning
from the agent's vehicle in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
Some items stolen with the laptop, including coins and a black bag with
the Secret Service insignia on it, were later recovered, the newspaper
CBS News, also citing law enforcement sources, said that some of the
documents on the computer included important files on Pope Francis.
The agent also told investigators that while nothing about the White
House or foreign leaders is stored on the laptop, the information there
could compromise national security, the Daily News reported.
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The Trump Tower logo is pictured in New York, U.S., May 23, 2016.
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"There's data on there that's highly sensitive,” a police source
told the newspaper, adding: “They're scrambling like mad.”
Separately CNN, citing an unnamed U.S. Secret Service source,
reported on Friday that a California man who scaled the White House
fence last week was on the property's south grounds for at least 15
minutes before he was captured.
(Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Tom Brown)
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