Sudha Krishna, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Vancouver 2010: Olympic Security Breach, Joe Biden Involved
During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies a mentally ill man reportedly got within 12 steps of United States Vice President Joe Biden, the CTV is reporting. Apparently the man, who is now in psychiatric care, printed a pass on the internet.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer, the head of the 2010 Integrated Security Unit (ISU).
Mercer said the man's target was clear.
"He had an infatuation with the US Vice President."
Biden was seated in a section reserved for dignitaries. Twelve steps away from the VP and out of view of the cameras, the man started making his way down the stairs after the national anthem ended.
That's when two female plainclothes Mounties charged with protecting Biden acted, Mercer said.
"They described him to me as simply not fitting in," he said.
"They approached him, determined that the accreditation he was carrying was forged or fake, confronted him and escorted him out one or two steps at which point he attempted to run and was taken into custody."
The man was not carry a weapon. Vice President Joe Biden left Vancouver shortly after the Opening Ceremonies.
This latest news is another in a string of bad new for VANOC as the city is increasingly being called the glitch games.