According to that sourcelink, a Secret Service agent’s laptop– loaded with floor plans of Trump Tower and details of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation– was stolen in New York City.
Authorities have been frantically searching for the laptop since it was stolen Thursday morning.
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.
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.
The good news? The laptop doesn’t contain classified information and has “multiple layers of security including full disk encryption.” Even if it did contain classified information, officials have the ability to wipe the hard drive from afar. (Hillary Clinton could probably give them some tips, otherwise.) They should probably go ahead and do that anyway, as some of the information on the laptop could still “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 Secret Service released the following statement:
“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm that an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our Agency issued laptop computer was stolen. Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information. An investigation is ongoing and the Secret Service is withholding additional comment until the facts are gathered.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
“The Secret Service is very heavily involved and, citing national security, there’s very little we have on our side,” a police source said, according to NY Daily News. “It’s a very big deal.”
“There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive,” the source added. “They’re scrambling like mad.”
We’ll update you as more information becomes available.