Tareq and Michaele Salahi weren’t the only uninvited guests at the White House state dinner in November.
The Secret Service announced Monday that a third crasher made it through security. His name was withheld by officials, but the Washington Post quoted a congressional source who identified the man as Carlos Allen, a 39-year-old D.C. party promoter who runs an event space in Mount Pleasant, Md.
Unlike the Salahis, this newly revealed crasher got into the White House with the official Indian delegation. The Post’s source, who was granted anonymity to speak about the ongoing investigation into porous security at the White House, saw Allen’s name in official e-mails and documents pertaining to the Secret Service probe.
The Post spoke with Allen last month regarding a comment he made to a blogger about having attended the state dinner; in the brief exchange, he denied knowledge of anything to do with the dinner.
The Secret Service released its statement following a report by Ronald Kessler, a journalist who writes for Newsmax.com. Kessler reported that the agency discovered the third crasher after examining surveillance video of arriving guests and found one tuxedoed man who did not match any name on the guest list.
The White House declined to comment about the breach, although an administration official, who asked to speak without attribution, said the White House has known about the third crasher since mid-December.
“This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel,” according to a statement released by the Secret Service. “At present, there is nothing to indicate that this individual went through the receiving line or had contact with the President or first lady.”
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