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White House dinner photos show 'third crasher' Carlos Allen seated with elite group

Carlos Allen with Gen. David Petraeus at a black-tie gala last fall.

White House state dinner photos posted online by a guest show Carlos Allen -- the alleged "third crasher" -- sitting at a prime table with a U.S. ambassador, a top Indian CEO and a women described as a White House staffer.

The images confirm Allen's lawyer's claim that the aspiring Web publisher stayed for the dinner -- unlike Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who left after cocktail mingling -- and deepen the mystery about how a man the Secret Service says was not on their list got in.

The White House, which has not commented on the matter of the third crasher, referred questions to the Secret Service Agency.

The agency -- which on Monday first disclosed it was investigating the presence of a third uninvited guest at the Nov. 24 dinner -- declined to comment because it has not yet publicly confirmed the identity of the individual. Other government sources, as well as Allen's lawyer, told the Washington Post that man was Allen. Allen's lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, also said earlier this week that, contrary to official claims, Allen was invited to the dinner.

The photos were first reported Thursday night by Politico. The Post also examined the full gallery of photos posted on a public photo-sharing site by Barbara Thummalapally, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Belize Vinai Thummalapally. Both of the Thummalapallys -- college friends of the president -- are shown sitting at the same table as Allen.

Reached at home in Belize, Barbara Thummalapally said she did not know who Allen was and does not remember meeting him. "I met so many people there I didn't know. And I don't remember his name."

She declined to have her photos published, and the photos were removed from public view shortly after.

In the series of photos, Allen is shown sitting between State Bank of India CEO Om Prakash Bhatt and Shehnaz Mansuri, a Chicago lawyer. She's the wife of Eboo Patel, also at the table, who runs a Chicago non-profit promoting interfaith communication and sits on President Obama's Faith Advisory Council. Patel, who was on vacation this week, released a statement through his office: "My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the state dinner and we had no reason to think that Carlos was anything but an invited guest."

In one caption, though, Thummalapally describes Allen (who was not named) as sitting next to Indian musician AR Rahman, one of the dinner entertainers.

Also at the table, opposite from Allen: ABC anchor Robin Roberts. After seeing the photos, she said remembered talking with him. "He was charming and engaging and dropping names and talking about the work he does. I didn't think he seemed out of place."

Also, at the table, a few seats away from Allen, was a young woman whom Thummalapally described in a caption as someone "from the WH," and who resembles the president's director of scheduling and advance, Alyssa Mastromonaco.


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    All this reporting is wonderful concerning the white house gate crashers and their personal friends. Though it seems to me that all federal, state, county, city and district law enforcement personnel are like NATO. No Action, Talk Only.

    Posted by: Loviedarling | January 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

    A judge has ordered a Tareq Salahi to pay a $1,039 bill for repairing a generator.

    Frederick County General District Court Judge David S. Whitacre ruled Friday in favor of Winchester Electric Service, Inc. after Tareq Salahi failed to appear.

    Tareq Salahi told the court that he was unable to attend Friday's hearing because he was snowed in on Apple Mountain in Warren County.

    Whitacre rejected Salahi's claim after asking a bailiff to inquire about road conditions there.

    A New York winery also has sued Salahi, claiming he owes $50,615 for bottling equipment.

    Party on!

    Posted by: Loviedarling | January 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

    Hush Society? Odd name for a philanthropy group, no?

    In most U.S. cities, " Yourcity Hush Club" is standard code for the local "swinger's club."

    Just saying...

    Posted by: robinalexan1950 | January 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

    This guy's "invitation" appears to be very suspect. I have no confidence in the WH staff. And can they succeed in protecting the Nation from the threat of terrorism if they can't keep track of who walks into OUR White House? Someone's head should roll, and fast.

    Posted by: lch11 | January 11, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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