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Secret Service Interviewed Accused Intruder Twice

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service twice interviewed an Army veteran before he was arrested inside the White House after allegedly climbed over a security fence.

A federal law enforcement official says agents spoke to Omar J. Gonzalez in July after he was arrested in rural Virginia when state troopers found an illegal sawed off shotgun and a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible with the a circle drawn around the White House.

The official says Gonzalez was interviewed again in August after agents spotted him near a White House fence with a small hatchet in his waistband.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of an ongoing investigation, says agents concluded after both interviews that Gonzalez was not a security threat.

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