The U.S. National Security Administration has acknowledged that an unauthorized laptop that was seized by the agency’s National Security Division in October is being examined for possible national security violations, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The laptop has been used by the NSA’s Office of General Counsel to conduct “reviews and analysis” and is being used for classified communications, according the report.
The report did not name the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which owns the laptop, but said the agency “has been notified of the laptop’s existence and its use for classified purposes.”
The Post reported that the laptop was seized on Oct. 4 by the National Counterintelligence Center at the CIA, the NSA and the FBI.
The CIA and FBI declined to comment.
The FBI and NGA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the report, the NGA said the laptop “was recovered from a storage location outside the United States, which is outside the scope of this report.”
It did not say when the laptop had been recovered.
The agency has said it did not seize the laptop or the phone used to send it.
The Post article also said the National Reconnaissance Office is examining the laptop.
The article did not give a date for when that work will be completed.
The NGA declined to say when or how long the laptop would be in the possession of the agency.
“It is unclear whether it is possible to determine whether any national security implications would result from the acquisition of the device,” the agency said in a statement to The Post.
“The NGA has been authorized to acquire this equipment as necessary to meet the agency mission.”
The agency said it will review the laptop and “do whatever is necessary to ensure that this information does not pose a threat to national security.”