A third party crasher at state dinner

The fame-hungry Salahis were apparently not the only uninvited guests to attend

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 4, 2010 7:19PM (EST)

Apparently Tareq and Michaele Salahi weren't the only uninvited guests to attend the state dinner at the White House last November. The Secret Service announced Monday that there was a third, as-yet-unidentified, crasher.

There's reportedly an ongoing criminal investigation into the matter. But so far, the Secret Service says "there is nothing to indicate that this individual went through the receiving line" or that he or she met the Obamas, as the Salahis did.

The State Department is getting blamed for the security lapse, as the third crasher apparently came with the Indian delegation (the dinner was in honor of the country's prime minister). Of course, there are still going to be questions about how tight security at the White House really is -- and, unfortunately, this probably means even more stories about the Salahis, whose 15 minutes really should have been up by now.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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