A Security Surprise at Israeli Embassy
Last spring, a lone operative breached the security barriers outside the Israeli Embassy and covertly planted an unauthorized substance amid the ivy on top.
Proof of his trespass has now exploded -- into bloom! And the Phantom Planter is claiming credit for the beautiful pink-and-green caladium flowers. The man (who asked that he not be identified because, well, it would spoil the fun) told us he planted 45 caladium bulbs in the reinforced brick urns on Van Ness Street "in broad daylight."
When a guard approached to ask if he was "doing this for the embassy," the Phantom tells us he "looked him in the eye and said yes." Later, he faxed the embassy to alert them in both English and Hebrew: "Please do not call up the Reserves or send someone from Mossad to investigate. B-U-L-B-S. ... Not B-O-M-B-S."
Should it really be so easy to plant something outside one of the most secure embassies in D.C.? A spokesman told us the guard, just back from vacation, "was flattered that this gentleman would volunteer his time beautifying" the area. "If the flowers in question were henbane, however, it would be a different story."
Posted by: JoyceV | September 22, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse
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