18 Mar 2017

Stolen Secret Service laptop had 'highly sensitive' info

10:02 am on 18 March 2017

A laptop has been stolen from a secret service agent's car in New York City, but it has multiple layers of security and is not permitted to contain classified information, the agency says.

Male hands on a laptop

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The agency said in a statement it was withholding additional comment while an investigation continues.

ABC News, citing law enforcement sources, said the laptop contained floor plans for Trump Tower, details on the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and other national security information.

The New York Daily News, citing police sources, said authorities had been searching for the laptop since it was stolen on Thursday morning from the agent's vehicle in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Some items stolen with the laptop, including coins and a black bag with the Secret Service insignia on it, were later recovered, the newspaper reported.

CBS News, also citing law enforcement sources, said some of the documents on the computer included important files on Pope Francis.

The agent also told investigators that while nothing about the White House or foreign leaders was stored on the laptop, the information there could compromise national security, the Daily News reported.

"There's data on there that's highly sensitive," a police source told the newspaper, "they're scrambling like mad".

Separately CNN, citing an unnamed US Secret Service source, reported on Friday a California man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's south grounds for at least 15 minutes before he was captured.

- Reuters