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Pentagon Denies Helping Salahis Crash Dinner

Gates assistant communicated with couple, but made no promises
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2009 8:52 PM CST
Pentagon Denies Helping Salahis Crash Dinner
President Barack Obama greets Michaele and Tareq Salahi.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The couple who crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner communicated with a senior Pentagon official about going to the event, but the official denies that she helped the couple get in. Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in a written statement tonight that she never said or implied she would get Michaele and Tareq Salahi into the Nov. 24 White House event.

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"I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening's activities," Jones said. "Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come." (Read more Michaele Salahi stories.)

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