Hearing to resume next week for woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago

Chinese Woman Arrested At Mar-A-Lago Had Numerous Electronic Devices, Major Cash Stash

She also left credit and debit cards, a signal detector for hidden cameras, nine USB drives and five SIM cards in the room, Garcia said.

Tracing her movements, authorities determined she entered the country legally on March 28, flying into Newark, on a flight from Shanghai. Once she got to the reception desk, she allegedly changed her story, saying she was there for a United Nations Chinese American Association event.

The agent, Samuel Ivanovich, said Zhang was removed from the property and told she could not be there.

She faces federal charges of lying to a federal agent and entering a restricted property. He said Zhang said an acquaintance named "Charles" had invited her to the nonexistent event.

In court Monday, Zhang's lawyer claimed that she had paid Charles Lee $20,000 to get into Mar-a-Lago.

Ms Zhang talked her way into the club, carrying a large number of electronic devices including malware on a thumb drive.

This may well be the case - but it says something troubling about the state of our national security if someone who is not a sanctioned and trained spy, who made such elementary mistakes in the course of intelligence gathering, was nonetheless able to briefly infiltrate a facility that frequently plays host to the President of the United States.

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He told a conference call: "With the recent news I'm completely lost for words". Every time I think about [it], I start to well up.

These are just a few of the revelations from Zhang's appearance in federal court Monday.

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. No such event was scheduled at the resort. Zhang was asked if a Mar-a-Lago member with the same last name was her father, but Zhang allegedly didn't give a clear answer. A forensic examination of the USB stick found evidence that it contained malicious software, Ivanovich said. She didn't have a swimsuit. The code essentially allows malware to execute on a machine the second an infected drive is plugged in.

Meanwhile, all signs suggest the president will continue selling access to his White House to most any well-heeled individual - foreign or domestic - who's willing to pay the $200,000 membership fee at his (poorly secured) winter White House. The statement that an agent examining the seized thumb drive had to "immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer" is especially concerning.

New York Times' Nicholas Fandos tweeted on Monday that a "law enforcement official familiar with the investigation" had clarified the machine in question was a "controlled, off-network device" at the Secret Service field office in Miami, and that no sensitive system would have been compromised. Typically, USB drives and other computer peripherals from unknown sources should only be analyzed using laboratory equipment that's specifically designated for such purposes. The situation has reignited concerns that the president's club poses a national security concern.

Ivanovich's testimony adds to concerns the Secret Service is not out ahead of potentially malicious forces seeking to get close to the US president. The Stuxnet worm is the best known example of malware that was able to jump from thumb drive to a computer.

Monday's hearing raised yet another question about Secret Service security.

He said Zhang had planned to attend a United Nations Chinese-American friendship event, and he showed a $20,000 wire transfer Zhang made in February as proof of her honest effort to attend the gathering she thought was taking place at Mar-a-Lago.

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