Wow! Drone Suspect Works for Intelligence Agency

Secret Service photo of the drone that landed near the White House. (Photo: Secret Service)
Secret Service photo of the drone that landed near the White House. (Photo: Secret Service)

The man who says he accidentally flew a drone over the White House this week works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and told the Secret Service he was drinking before the incident, two government officials said Tuesday.

The Secret Service is investigating all aspects of the drone incident, including whether the government employee piloting the drone was under the influence of alcohol, said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that the employee said he had been drinking at an apartment near the White House at the time of the incident.

In a statement, the NGA said the man does not work in drone technology for the agency.

“The employee was off duty and is not involved in work related to drones or unmanned aerial vehicles in any capacity at NGA,” the agency said in a statement.

The statement did not identify the man, or say what position he holds.

“Even though the employee was using a personal item while off duty, the agency takes the incident very seriously and remains committed to promoting public trust and transparency,” the NGA statement said.

The man has not been suspended from his job and reported for work on Tuesday, a second official said.

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SOURCE: David Jackson and Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY

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