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US Secret Service laptop stolen

06:54 Sat Mar 18, 2017

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Report by: BBC News

A US Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower floor plans and other sensitive material has apparently been stolen from an agent’s vehicle in New York.

The laptop, which was protected by encryption, was taken on Thursday, the Secret Service confirmed.

The computer has details on a criminal inquiry into former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of private email, according to ABC News.

Police are looking at surveillance footage to identify a suspect.

The Secret Service released a statement saying “an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our Agency issued laptop was stolen”.

The agency added that its computers “contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information”.

Secret Service “lapel assignment pins” for President Donald Trump, the Clinton campaign and the United Nations General Assembly were also taken along with the laptop, according to US media.

The items were reportedly stolen from a bag inside a car in the agent’s driveway. The bag has since been recovered but the laptop has not, US media reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

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