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White House security breached 91 times

Tareq and Michaele Salahi may have become the world’s most famous gatecrashers for tricking their way into the White House’s state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, but they are not the first people to breach the US President’s security.

world Updated: Dec 08, 2009 01:41 IST

Tareq and Michaele Salahi may have become the world’s most famous gatecrashers for tricking their way into the White House’s state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, but they are not the first people to breach the US President’s security.

A secret report compiled by the Secret Service reveals the security surrounding America’s President has been breached at least 91 times since 1980, The Washington Post reported.

A summary of the 2003 report, obtained by the leading US newspaper, contains accounts of many breaches, including a family who were allowed to the White House grounds in minivan, a man believed to be a delivery driver, and a woman previously known to Secret Service agents after she had falsely claimed a “special relationship” with Bill Clinton.

The report states that the list of security breaches exposes significant gaps that could be exploited by “would- be assassins” and erodes “one of the best tools for deterring future attempts” — the aura of invulnerability around the White HouseA Secret Service official confirmed the authenticity of the “unclassified document” and said it was used to train agents and officers in an effort to improve agency operations.

“This document reflects a proactive attempt to evaluate our security and obviously raises the awareness of uniformed division officers and agents about their jobs,” Spokesman Edwin Donovan was quoted as saying.