Attorney: Mar-a-Lago infiltrator had hidden-camera detector

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

Speaking at Yujing Zhang's bail hearing Monday in West Palm Beach, Florida, prosecutor Rolando Garcia says agents also found USA and Chinese currency in her room, along with nine USB drives and five USB cards.

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.

Yujing has not yet entered a plea to the criminal charges she faces, and prosecutors said they plan to formally indict her in the coming week, CNN reported.

Zhang, 32, briefly gained entrance to Donald Trump's Florida club and was found carrying a thumb drive containing malware, two Chinese passports and four cell phones.

It has since been reported that Zhang entered the U.S. on a tourist visa through Newark Liberty International Airport. At the time, she offered no more information about him, or his last name, officials said.

"Based on all the lies she's told to folks she encounters and the fact she has zero ties to the United States of America", Garcia urged the judge to detain Zhang before her trial. She previously visited the September 2018, December 2017, and July 2016, according to prosecutors. After Secret Service agents were summoned, Zhang allegedly contradicted her earlier story by saying she had come early to the event to familiarize herself with the club and take photos.

Zhang has been charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering or remaining in a restricted area, charges that carry up to a five-year sentence in federal prison. The judge is set to decide whether Zhang should be released on bond. One official also told CNN that the Mar-a-Lago breach did not play a role in the White House's decision to replace Alles, while Trump told reporters he "could not be happier with Secret Service" performance after the breach occurred.

The agent, Samuel Ivanovich, said Zhang was removed from the property and told she could not be there. At the time, it was reported that Zhang was carrying multiple passports and a thumb drive with malware in it when she was caught.

She has not been charged with any offenses that nod to worldwide spying.

Zhang's previous hearing when she was first arrested went unusually-she admitted to owning a BMW and a home in China worth more than 1 million American dollars, and asked extensively about how she may get in contact with an attorney or find phone numbers of contacts in America if she were detained in a Florida jail. So, it's of course possible that Zhang's thumb drive was just like every other thumb drive and happened to contain some malicious files - as opposed to malware specifically created to spy on the president or the club where he spends so much of his time.

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

There's been some dispute over how well Ms Zhang speaks and understands English, though the court did provide her with a language interpreter at the previous court hearing.

A former US government expert on Chinese intelligence operations, who asked not to be named while discussing sensitive information, said investigators would want to know "why, exactly, was she there?" 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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