Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Plan detailed Cheney agenda at closing ceremonies
SALT LAKE CITY -- Secret Service agents shopping for
Olympics souvenirs lost a document detailing security plans for
Vice President Dick Cheney's appearance at the closing ceremony,
according to The Salt Lake City Tribune.
The agents were at a skateboard and apparel shop near the
Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the closing ceremony was held Sunday
According to the store owner, the agents left the document
titled "site post assignment log," the newspaper reported. The
Salt Lake Tribune reported the story Monday after seeing the
"It had a pretty detailed description about what was going
on," said store owner Clayton Greenhalgh, who discovered the
document on a counter Sunday after the agents each purchased an $11
Secret Service spokesman Jim Mankin declined comment Tuesday.
The log described seating arrangements at the stadium for
Cheney, his wife and daughter and other dignitaries. It also
detailed more than a dozen areas of the stadium where Cheney was to
go, the newspaper said.
The document also reportedly contained the number of Secret
Service agents who were to provide security, where they would be
stationed, and their specific assignments.
The log also revealed the "sweep time" -- when agents secured
the stadium for Cheney -- hours before his arrival, the newspaper
When Greenhalgh called to report the mistake, a Secret Service
representative promised that an agent would pick up the log, the
Tribune reported. After 45 minutes, no one had arrived, so he
offered to take it to the agency's downtown office.
In exchange, Greenhalgh requested an autographed picture of
Cheney, but was rebuffed and then decided to contact the newspaper,
the Tribune said.