Third Crasher Escorted to WH by State Dept, But He Denies Attending Dinner
January 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The Washington Post’s The Reliable Source blog has a report on the alleged third White House gate crasher, identified as a DC party planner and self promoter who likes plastering his Facebook wall with photos of himself standing next to famous people, just like the notorious state dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi. A congressional source promised anonymity, so he or she could blab the details of confidential and ongoing Secret Service investigations to the Washington Post, identified the man as Carlos Allen, a D.C. party promoter who runs an “exclusive and luxurious” private club, called HUSH Society. However, Allen denies attending the White House state dinner held in November to honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Secret Service and an unnamed administration official acknowledged that there was a third gate crasher at the event, but didn’t confirm his identity. The administration official also said that the White House has been aware of a possible third gate crasher, since December.
Allen, 39, markets himself as a DC mover and shaker billing his club, as “an exclusive and luxurious private social club whose members enjoy unparalleled access to elite movers and shakers.” But according to Gawker, “In reality, it is a lame dinner club for proto-socialites.” Whatever the case, the congressional source said that he saw Allen’s name mentioned in official Secret Service e-mails and documents.
Allen told Politico that, “I did not attend the state dinner.” However, the Post questioned Allen last month about a blog post saying that he had attended the state dinner. When asked about the blog post Allen said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t know why people are saying that,” Allen responded.
Is Allen parsing words, by denying attending the actual sit-down dinner, which he did not attend, since he apparently only appeared at the pre-dinner reception?
According to the Post, Allen was at the the Willard Hotel where Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and his delegation were staying:
“At some point that day, a group of prominent Indian businessmen — late additions to the dinner guest list — were allowed to join the officials traveling from the Willard and taken along on the one-block drive. Kessler (Newsmax) reports that the Indian Embassy had asked the State Department to ferry the executives to the White House — an unusual request for guests visiting the United States in a nonofficial capacity. Allen, a U.S. citizen, was among the group of business leaders.”
Unlike the Salahis, Allen didn’t even go through the additional White House checkpoints:
“After boarding the van, the group was driven to the White House, dropped at an unidentified entrance and not subject to further screenings or checkpoints. Allen — like the Salahis — was free to mingle with administration officials and other VIPs at the cocktail reception, but slipped out before guests sat down for dinner around 8:50 p.m.”
The State Department said the “incident is under investigation” but refused to confirm that Allen was the third gate crasher.
And a statement released by the Secret Service says: “This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel. At present, there is nothing to indicate that this individual went through the receiving line or had contact with the President or first lady.”
A spokesman for the Indian Embassy said that the crasher was not a member of the delegation and denied arranging access for Allen.
The Secret Service noted that since the incident, “procedural changes” have been made to the process of dealing with foreign delegations under the responsibility of the State Department. In other words, it was the State Department’s fault this time.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan took responsibility for the security breach involving the realty TV fame hungry Salahis.
In a strange twist to the story, Politico points out that a cached version of Allen’s Facebook page lists famous figures he is a fan of, which includes White House party crasher Michaele Salahi.
See The Reliable Source for more.