There is so much WTF in this story that it's hard to know where to begin. This, however, is just astonishing.
Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich, who interviewed Zhang on the day of her arrest, testified at the hearing. He stated that when another agent put Zhang's thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a "very out-of-the-ordinary" event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis. The agent had to immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer, Ivanovich said. The analysis is ongoing but still inconclusive, he testified.
Wait, what? He just plugged it into his work laptop? I hope he meant "test laptop", but it sounds like there was no attempt made to protect either the evidence or the computer.
Zhang's federal public defender, Robert Adler, contended there was no evidence his client was a spy. "She did not have the type of devices that can be associated with espionage activities," Adler said, according to The Washington Post. Federal prosecutors said they have made no allegations Zhang was involved in espionage.
Reportedly, Adler was able to say this with a straight face. Do not play poker with this guy.