US Secret Service agents, who let the Salahi couple inside the White House during President Barack Obama’s first State dinner in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, have been placed under administrative leave.
“Right now, the individuals who’ve been identified have been put on administrative leave... But I will tell you that we are going to look at this, we’re going to find out what the culpability was and we’ll take the appropriate action,” said Director of Secret Service, Mark Sullivan.
Appearing before the House Committee for Homeland Security, he termed it a human error when Virginia couple Tareq and Michele Salahis were allowed to enter the White House on November 24.
“I mean, pure and simple, this is a human error. We could have had the best technology; we could have had all the funding that we’d ever want, but this still would not have prevented this from happening,” he said.