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Chinese National Entered Trump’s Mar-a-Lago with ‘malicious software’

Chinese national charged with entering Trump’s Mar-a-Lago was carrying ‘malicious software,’ planned to try to speak with member of president’s family.

A Chinese woman has been charged with making a false statement to the U.S. Secret Service after entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a thumb drive that contained “malicious software,” court documents revealed Tuesday.

A criminal complaint says the woman, Yujing Zhang, was on the property on Saturday, at around 12:15 p.m., while Trump was playing golf at the Trump International course nearby.

Zhang later claimed to the Secret Service that she was at the resort to attend a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the United States, the complaint said. That event did not exist, according to the complaint.

A Chinese woman has been charged with making a false statement to the U.S. Secret Service after entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on bogus pretenses, while carrying a thumb drive that contained “malicious software,” court documents revealed Tuesday.

A criminal complaint says the woman, Chinese national Yujing Zhang, claimed that she had been sent there by a Chinese man whom she had only spoken with via an instant messaging platform to attend an event at Mar-a-Lago and try “to speak with a member of the President’s family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations.”

Zhang, 32, was on the luxury Palm Beach property on Saturday, at around 12:15 p.m., while Trump was playing golf at his Trump International course nearby.

She had passed by at least five Secret Service agents and arriving in the main reception area of Mar-a-Lago, later claimed to the Secret Service that she was there to attend a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the United States, the complaint said.

That event did not exist, according to the complaint written by a Secret Service agent, which was signed by a judge in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida.

However, the Miami Herald reported that Zhang may have meant say she planned on attending one of two events scheduled there by Li “Cindy” Yang, a Florida massage parlor entrepreneur who has been identified as running a business that offered to sell access to Trump and his family. Yang’s “International Leaders Elite Forum” planned for Saturday at Mar-a-Lago did not take place after the Herald reported that Yang had taken photos with Trump and other leading Republicans that she used to advertise her access. The other event, “Safari Night,” also was cancelled.

Yang years ago owned a massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly received sexual services for money in January. Kraft has been charged with soliciting prostitution in that case, and has pleaded not guilty.

The complaint against Zhang noted she had traveled past several signs clearly stating that the areas she was visiting were under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service and that “persons entering without lawful authority are subject to arrest and prosecution.”

Zhang was found to be carrying four mobile phones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive.

“A preliminary forensic examination of the thumb drive determined it contained malicious software,” the complaint said.

Source CNBC


 

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