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article imageSecret Service: 3rd uninvited guest crashed White House dinner

By Sandy Sand     Jan 4, 2010 in Politics
The U.S. Secret Service just announce that a third invited guest crashed the White House state dinner given in honor of India’s prime minister in November of last year.
Ever since Tareq and Michaele Salahi, described as an “attention-hungry couple,” attended the state dinner without proper invitations and security checks, the Secret Service has been investigation the matter to see how they gained entrance and were able to roam freely and pose for photos with various dignitaries, including Vice President Joe Biden.
The Salahis were reported to have exited the White House on their own accord before the dinner officially began.
Justice Department officials said is also looking into whether the Salahis broke any laws.
According to an Associated Press story published on aol.com, during the investigation of the Salahis, officials discovered that a third person -- an unidentified male, also was able to crash the White House state dinner.
Officials said he did not get close to President Barack Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to AOL:
The man traveled to the White House from the hotel where the Indian delegation was staying. The Secret Service said the man arrived with members of that delegation. But he was not in the Secret Service's database of people prescreened and approved to attend the event. Part of the security screening is a criminal background check that the Secret Service does before a guest enters the White House.
The man is described by State Department officials only as a U.S. citizen and was part of a group of Indian business leaders before the White House dinner. The Department spokesman spoke anonymously, because he was not allowed to speak officially on the subject.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the agency has reviewed the incident and already made changes for how it handles foreign delegations.
To date, the Secret Service said three uniformed Secret Service officers have been put on administrative leave due to the security breach.
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