Flirty Secret Service Agent Revealed Obama Travel Plans
Meanwhile, a fake congressman got backstage at a presidential speech
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
Secret Service agents arrive at Gary/Chicago International Airport ahead of the arrival of President Obama, on Thursday in Gary, Ind.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – What's a day without another revelation about Secret Service miscues? As a Friday bonus, here are two:

  • Leaked Obama travels: Inside Sources reports that in the waning days of the 2012 presidential campaign, a married agent assigned to the Romney campaign tried to put the moves on a female campaign staffer. How? After a few drinks, he began showing how important he was by spouting details of where President Obama would be in the last days of the campaign, details that hadn't been made public yet in part for safety reasons. Also this: "The sources state that the same agent on a separate occasion provided joy rides in a Secret Service vehicle with the lights flashing."

  • Fake congressman: In an incident Sept. 27 in DC, a man posing as a congressman made it backstage "into a secure area" either during or after a speech by Obama at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, reports Bloomberg. It's not clear how close the man got to Obama or the first lady, who was also there, but he made it through screening after claiming to be Rep. Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey. White House staffers asked him to leave when they realized he wasn't Payne, and he did so without incident. Actual lawmakers were gathering to have their photos taken with the president, who had spoken at an awards dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus.
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