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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Secret Service Computer Theft

According to news reports, a Secret Service agent was the victim of a robbery last night in Queens, New York.  The laptop computer of the agent and some related items were stolen from the agent's car at 3 am by a man.  The laptop had some extremely sensitive material on it including floor plans for Trump Tower and details of security plans for various Secret Service operations.  The New York Daily News is reporting that the Secret Service is frantically looking to recover the stolen items.

This story is outrageous.  Why in the world was a computer with highly sensitive information on it left in the car of a Secret Service agent?  The car was parked on the driveway outside the agent's home.  What security protocol allows an agent to leave confidential material like this in a car parked outside overnight?  The answer must be NONE.

The agent involved has to be fired.  More important, that agent has to be investigated to see whether this was a planned theft in which the agent passed sensitive info on to the thief on purpose.  I refuse to believe that a trained Secret Service agent just decided to leave her laptop computer in her car overnight on the streets of New York City.  That is a move that is beyond stupid.  It even may go beyond unforgiveable.


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