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Secret Service: White House security plan 'failed'

September 30, 2014 6:14 pm

The director of the US Secret Service says its security plan was “not properly executed” when a man broke into the White House this month, a lapse she said would never be repeated.

At a House oversight committee hearing, Julia Pierson took responsibility for the “unacceptable” 19 September breach.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled a fence, ran across the lawn, entered an unlocked door and was tackled inside.

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It was the latest in a series of embarrassments for the elite agency.

Mr Gonzalez made it well into the first floor of the White House, having pushed his way past a guard standing just inside the unlocked door of the North Portico.

He was tackled in the East Room, a long, ornately decorated chamber used for presidential addresses and formal receptions.

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