Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

Prosecutors said that the electronic devices found in Yujing's room at the upscale Colony Hotel included a signal detector that can seek out and detect hidden cameras; another cell phone; nine USB drives and five SIM cards.

As word spread Monday that Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles was leaving, a Secret Service agent took the stand to testify about the woman who had allegedly gained unauthorized access to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club on March 30 and could be engaged in a spying operation.

"After being asked several times, Zhang finally responded that she was there for a United Nations Chinese American Association event later in the evening", the complaint says.

A search showed that, when Zhang entered Mar-a-Lago, she was carrying four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive.

Zhang arrived in Newark on a flight from Shanghai on March 28, Garcia said. The State Department revoked her visa last week, he said, so even if released on bond, she would be detained by immigration officials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia shot back at the defense's argument. She previously visited the U.S.in September 2018, December 2017, and July 2016, according to prosecutors. She has been charged with lying to the Secret Service.

She was charged with two counts - making false statements to federal authorities and a misdemeanour offense of entering a restricted area without authorisation. Zhang will be held on temporary pretrial detention with no bond until then. "For one, they found this information because she left things out in her hotel room".

Audio and video surveillance at Mar-a-Lago didn't catch Zhang's entrance to the club - because those surveillance devices weren't used by the Secret Service at the entry checkpoint.

Subsequently, agents were alerted and they began to question Zhang, who was reportedly combative. She was arrested after agents determined she had no legitimate reason to be at the club. "Due to a potential language barrier issue, Mar-a-Lago believed her to be the relative of member Zhang and allowed her access onto the property".

There is no indication Zhang was ever near the president, who was at his nearby golf course at that time.

As for the malware on the thumb drive seized on March 30, prosecutors told the court Monday that when an agent attempted to decode it, the malware began installing an unusual file on the agent's computer.

According to an anonymous source cited by the Miami Herald, prosecutors are treating Zhang's case like a national security matter and have therefore enlisted the aid of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "counterintelligence squad". The prosecutor added that the currency contradicted Zhang's claim to police that she had only $5,000 in a Wells Fargo bank account.

Agents say she wasn't on the membership list, but a club manager thought Zhang was a member's daughter.

The 32-year-old woman was arrested last weekend after giving conflicting reasons for her visit to the president's club. Agents said they couldn't read it because it was written in Chinese. The president brushed off the concerns, calling the incident a "fluke" and praising the Secret Service. He said Zhang said she had traveled from Shanghai to attend the nonexistent Mar-a-Lago event on the invitation of an acquaintance named "Charles", whom she only knew through a Chinese social media app. Ivanovich said she then denied telling the checkpoint agents she was a member wanting to swim.

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