Operator of errant drone works for intel agency

AP News
Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:55 PM
Operator of errant drone works for intel agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for a U.S. intelligence agency.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said Tuesday the man, still unidentified, is one of its employees.

The agency says his work has nothing to do with drones and the one he flew in the middle of the night Monday was a personal item, used when he was off duty. But the agency says it takes the matter seriously.

The crash of the small drone prompted a White House lockdown. The Secret Service said its early investigation indicated the man did not intend to cause any harm and did not mean for the drone to go where it did.

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The man's employer supplies map-based intelligence to the Pentagon and other national security operations.