Oops: White House drone crash caused by drunk intelligence agency employee

Oops: White House drone crash caused by drunk intelligence agency employee

[Ed. – That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.]

It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an inebriated, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend’s quadcopter drone that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists.

But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by the wind or a tree, when the employee — who is not being named by the Secret Service — lost control of the drone. He texted his friends, worried that the drone had gone down on the White House grounds.

Investigators said the man had been drinking at an apartment nearby. It was not until the next morning, when he woke to his friends telling him that his drone was all over the news, that he contacted his employer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and then called the Secret Service to confess. …

The drone, which measures about two feet by two feet, evaded White House radar that is calibrated to warn of much bigger threats, like an airplane or a missile. It was the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about how secure President Obama and his family are. …

On Tuesday, Secret Service investigators were trying to verify the man’s account, interviewing people the man said he had contacted in the hours before the episode. The Secret Service was also analyzing video footage from cameras around the apartment where the man said he had operated the drone.

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