A laptop computer containing confidential info in regards to the Hillary Clinton e mail investigation has been stolen from a Secret Service agent, in line with the NYPD.
The laptop computer contained ground plans for Trump Tower, details about Clinton’s e mail investigation and different top-secret info.
According to NYPD, police have been trying to find the laptop computer because it was stolen from an brokers automotive on Thursday morning in Brooklyn.
NYPD cops had been aiding within the investigation however had scant info on precisely what’s on the laptop computer, sources stated.
“The Secret Service is very heavily involved and, citing national security, there’s very little we have on our side,” a police supply stated. “It’s a very big deal.”
“There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive,” the supply stated. “They’re scrambling like mad.”
The info on the laptop computer can’t be remotely erased, sources stated.
Other gadgets stolen embody “sensitive” paperwork, an entry keycard, cash, a black zippered bag with the Secret Service insignia on it and Secret Service lapel pins from varied assignments — together with ones involving Donald Trump, the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign, the United Nations General Assembly and the Pope’s go to to New York, sources stated.
Some gadgets, together with the cash and bag, had been later discovered. But different gadgets, together with the laptop computer, had been nonetheless being sought.
“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 spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw stated in an announcement.
“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.”
The agent, Marie Argentieri, couldn’t be reached for remark.
The thief stepped out of a dark-colored automotive, probably an Uber, and stole the laptop computer from Argentieri’s automobile, a 2015 Bajaj, which was parked within the driveway of her Bath Beach dwelling, sources stated. Neighbors stated the thief struck about three a.m.
The criminal, a person wearing black, didn’t get again within the automotive. He was seen on surveillance video strolling away from the scene with a backpack holding the laptop computer, sources stated.
Neighbor Jaime Palazzi, 40, noticed the thief however was unaware till later the backpack belonged to the agent.
“I was smoking a cigarette on my balcony,” Palazzi stated. “I looked at him, he looked at me, and he kept on going. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.”
Another neighbor, Mike Mignuolo, 73, believes, primarily based on the video police confirmed him, that the suspect moved shortly and with a goal.
“It showed somebody running to the car and running back out,” he stated. “They knew what they were doing, absolutely. They knew what they were hitting.”
Mignuolo stated he was excited by the intrigue and theorized the thief is from close by Brighton Beach, a Russian enclave.
“What’s going on is crazy,” he stated, “with the Russians and the President.”
Argentieri advised investigators the laptop computer contained ground plans for Trump Tower, evacuation protocols and knowledge concerning the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s non-public e mail server, in line with sources.
While nothing in regards to the White House or overseas leaders is saved on the laptop computer the knowledge on there might compromise nationwide safety, she stated.
After strolling off the suspect turned onto Cropsey Ave. and dumped the bag within the snow outdoors a personal dwelling. Residents there had no remark.
Other gadgets had been discovered by a trainer at Poly Prep Country Day School, in neighboring Bay Ridge, and turned over to safety. The faculty’s head of safety notified Argentieri Friday morning, sources stated.
“The NYPD is working along with the United States Secret Service,” the NYPD stated in an announcement. “If anyone has information that can assist in the investigation of this incident they are encouraged to contact the NYPD or the US Secret Service Field Office.”