/Secret Service agent inserted thumb drive from Chinese Mar-a-Lago intruder into their own computer

Secret Service agent inserted thumb drive from Chinese Mar-a-Lago intruder into their own computer

A U.S. Secret Service agent testified at Yujing Zhang’s Monday bond hearing that a fellow agent inserted a potentially “malicious” thumb drive she was carrying into his government computer. 

Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich interviewed the Chinese woman after she was arrested for giving conflicting statements at President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, estate last month. And at a Zhang’s hearing Monday, he testified that another agent placed Zhang’s thumb drive into his computer, which immediately began to install a cascade of files he described as “very out-of-the-ordinary,” the Miami Herald reports. The agent scrambled to stop the analysis taking over the computer and cease any additional corruption of the device. 

A Secret Service affidavit detailed several devices Zhang was carrying at the time of her arrest, including a thumb drive containing “malicious software.” 

Ivanovich’s testimony adds to concerns the Secret Service is not out ahead of potentially malicious forces seeking to get close to the U.S. president. Zhang’s federal public defender, Robert Adler, dismissed federal prosecution claims she is in any way tied to foreign espionage. But federal prosecutor Rolando Garcia said Zhang “lies to everyone she encounters.”

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A U.S. Secret Service agent testified at the Yujing Zhang’s Monday bond hearing that a fellow agent inserted the potentially “malicious” thumb-drive she was carrying into his government computer. Christian Ohde/McPhoto/ullstein Getty Images

Zhang was apprehended while carrying a laptop computer, four cellular telephones, an external hard drive and the thumb drive in question. She also had $7,500 in U.S. hundred-dollar bills and $663 in Chinese currency. There were an additional nine USB drives and five SIM cards. Prosecutors also said she had a hidden-camera detector in her hotel room.

On Monday, CNN reported Trump was seeking the removal of Secret Service chief Randolph “Tex” Alles from his post. However, several sources said Alles’ removal was not related to the ongoing Mar-a-Lago investigation. Prosecutors are treating the investigation as a matter of national security. 

The FBI Counterintelligence Division in South Florida was in the midst of investigating potential spying operations taking place in the state which the Miami Herald dubbed “Trump Tourism.” 

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