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CBS 12 Investigates: Possible security breach at event with Vice-President

Security was tight on campus for Thursday’s event, but Kaplan said the document CBS12 found could have fallen into the wrong hands and caused a serious problem.

Thursday top Republican leaders including the Vice President of the United States gathered for a conference at Florida International University.

CBS12 discovered a possible breach in security Wednesday when we found a document left behind on the floor of the Graham Center.

The document was a seating chart.

It appears to show where Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and all of the other foreign dignitaries attending the conference would be sitting during the conference.

It also included a seating chart for a luncheon and dinner.

For safety reasons CBS12 didn’t broadcast the document until after the luncheon, dinner and conference.

We also alerted Secret Service to what we found.

A Secret Service official asked us to give them the documents we found, and the location of where we found them.

They told us the documents do not belong to them and would not comment any further.

We also alerted Florida International University Police and gave them the documents. They did not know where the documents came from either, but said they would look into it.

Former FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan said the document we found could have compromised the event.

“Clearly there has been a breach of the security protocol,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan said the fact that the seating chart was found in a public place should be a large concern to the Secret Service.

“The seating chart itself would be a very closely guarded confidential document that would only be disseminated from the secret service down to any individual on a need to know basis,” Kaplan said. “It would not be a document that would be published for the public, and it would only be given to those individuals who would need to know where these individuals are seated."

Security was tight on campus for Thursday’s event, but Kaplan said the document CBS12 found could have fallen into the wrong hands and caused a serious problem.

“It would give an advantage to someone to know specifically as to where their potential target is,” Kaplan said.


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