Reports: WH Intruder Gets Past Front Door

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A member of security with a weapon walks along the interior of the perimeter fence on White House North Lawn along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday’s embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post and New York Times say the intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged.
Citing three people familiar with the incident and a congressional aide – all unidentified – , the newspapers said Omar J. Gonzalez ran past the guard at the front door and into the East Room, which is about halfway across the first floor of the building. Gonzalez was eventually “tackled” by a counter-assault agent, according to the Post, which was first to report the news.
Getting so far would have required Gonzalez to dash through the main entrance hall, turn a corner, then run through the center hallway half-way across the first floor of the building, which spans 168 feet in total.

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