White House Silence Keeps State Dinner Crashers’ Saga Alive

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From the Washington Post:

Case closed.

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That’s the verdict the White House has emphatically handed down on the embarrassing and troubling security breach a fame-craving Virginia couple performed during the Obama administration’s first state dinner, on Nov. 24. But eyewitness accounts, a Secret Service criminal investigation, congressional hearings and an Obama administration internal review depict a far more complicated set of circumstances.

A month later, Tareq and Michaele Salahi’s perplexing White House visit has revealed personnel failings and damage control maneuverings in the administration, institutional vulnerabilities in the security agency, and the perils of celebrity culture and political gamesmanship in Washington.

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And yet one central part — the participants and the discussion at a dinner planning meeting between representatives from White House social secretary Desirée Rogers’s office and the Secret Service — is being guarded by the administration as a virtual state secret. White House press officers decline to acknowledge the meeting or say who attended or what was said. Rogers declined to comment for this report.

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