November 27, 2009
12-2 Jones – Salahi emails
12-1 Today Show interview (text/video)
12-1 Michele S Jones statement
11-29 Holding out for highest bidder
This is truly amazing. Seems blondes have more fun…a blonde cheerleader penetrates the Secret Service…blonde spy sent by Oprah Winfrey…jokes are endless. Also seems the WH wasn’t doing “profiling” what with the Arab name. According to wiki:
Tareq is the son of Israeli-born Palestinian parents, Dirgham & Corinne Salahi. Dirgham was educated as a petroleum geologist and worked in the Middle East and United States.
*CNN: The crashers are named in at least 16 lawsuits in Virginia area – some as plaintiffs, some as defendants. Husband crasher sued his own mother over the winery they own, which filed for bankruptcy in February, and the winery sued wife crasher.
*Photo: wife crasher shaking barry’s hand with hubby looking on.
ROXANNE ROBERTS from RELIABLE SOURCES (Washington Post) has been on it since she saw the State Dinner crashers, Michaele & Tareq Salahi, walk in and then saw their Facebook page. Good thing for eagle-eyed gossip reporters. She should be promoted to WH press corps. Might be a first on truthful reporting.
Anyway. They are accomplished party crashes and publicity seekers. *Video of crashers’ entrance. *Even BRIAN WILLIAMS noticed them in/outside the WH. Even though it is not known if they met FLOTUS, POTUS or the guests of honor – posted is a picture of barry, the Black-Eyed Peas and the crashers (below). They also have posted other pix from Inauguration week, including one from inside barry’s security box from the Inauguration concert.
At least Fergie shoved wife crasher to the side.
*And they also posted a pix of Deputy Chief of Mission for the Indian Embassy, Ambassador ARUN K. SINGH (below), who they have been pictured with before. GAWKER.COM believes this might have been the connection that got them through security. Singh & the Salahis (co-chairs of America’s Polo Cup) worked together on the June 2010 India – US polo match.
No statement from the guest of honor – PM of India MANMOHAN SINGH.
WH says they weren’t invited (guest list) and have launched their own investigation.
Secret Service said they weren’t invited. SS Agent (previous statement) ED DONOVAN said the crashers entered the SE side of the WH and that the first tier of security failed but provided no details:
We’re being intentionally vague on that. All we are saying is that procedures we have in place weren’t followed.
*Official Secret Service statement released today by Director MARK SULLIVAN.
*(11-28) According to MSNBC, the SS did chat with the crashers. The breach happened at initial checkpoint. They were allowed to pass through even though their names weren’t on the list. The “uniformed officer” who let them pass thought they would be verified at the next checkpoint, which never happened.
This is important because even if the crashers hadn’t known before, they knew at that precise moment they were not on the list and had to have lied to keep going. Not sure what “uniformed officer” means as far as lying to a federal agent, which put Martha Stewart in prison. Either way, they had a chance to call it off and they didn’t.
One of Michelle Obama’s social secretary staff should have been right next to the uniformed officer and should have demanded they not pass. Haven’t heard anyone mentioning their culpability. She’s got 24 staff – what were they doing?
*REP PETER T KING (R-NY), the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee told the NY Times:
Obviously, somebody dropped the ball, I mean, you’re talking about the president of the United States and the vice president and a powerful world leader, the prime minister of India.
The fact they went through the magnometer is incidental. They could have had anthrax on them. They could have grabbed a knife from the dining room table.
Bravo production crew (Real Housewives) say they have an on-tape admission they were invited. When asked for her invitation wife crasher rummaged through her purse and said “it must be out in the car”. Husband crasher said it was a “last-minute invite”.
Salahi spokesperson MAHOGANY JONES said they were invited:
At this time the Salahis will not make any formal comments regarding the rumors and media speculation surrounding the White House State Dinner.
We will be addressing this specifically with several media platforms.
Salahi’s lawyer PAUL W GARDNER:
My clients were cleared, by the White House, to be there. More information is forthcoming.
Salahis themselves have not made a public statement.
Instead they are going to stretch their 15 to 30 and appear on LARRY KING Monday.
Interesting comment made by wife crasher on their Facebook page:
Paid respect to our Veterans today at Arlington National Cemetery. Visited my dads grave site – a US “Ghost” Army Hero. With Love & Respect – I miss you dad so much… XO – MICHAELE
Ghost – does that mean her dad was secret ops? Perhaps that give her an in somehow?