Published January 04, 2010
The Salahis weren't the only gate-crashers living it up at the White House state dinner last November.
The Secret Service revealed Monday that a third individual who was not on the guest list made it into the dinner, though the agency says the individual went through security screening and did not appear to have any interaction with President Obama.
The Secret Service, which did not name the individual, said the information about the third party-crasher came out in the course of the investigation into the breach at the Nov. 24 dinner honoring India's prime minister. The Secret Service said in a written statement that the individual traveled from a "local hotel" where the Indian delegation was staying and arrived with the group at the dinner.
"This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel, and boarded a bus/van with the delegation guests en route to the White House," the Secret Service said.
The investigation was launched after the Secret Service found that Michaele and Tareq Salahi got into the state dinner without an invitation. The agency acknowledged the officers on duty did not check whether they were on the list. Obama has since called the breach a "screw-up" while the Salahis have maintained their innocence.
In the latest statement, the Secret Service said the Indian delegation with whom the third party-crasher was traveling was "under the responsibility" of the State Department. But it said new changes would be implemented to prevent a repeat.
"Procedural changes have already been implemented to address foreign delegations under the responsibility of Department of State who are entering facilities secured by the Secret Service," the statement said.