Man Caught After Jumping White House Fence
For the second time in a little more than a month, a man has jumped the White House fence, but this time the intruder was apprehended with the help of Secret Service dogs.
The jumper was caught Wednesday evening outside the White House after he scaled the north fence. A Secret Service spokesman said the suspect kicked at one of the dogs before a second dog subdued him.
The jumper was then taken to a nearby hospital. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident.
On September 19, Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army vet who is unemployed and homeless, bolted across the lawn and into the White House before being apprehended. He had a 9-centimeter knife in his pants and more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car.
US Democracy Group Rebuts Hong Kong Meddling Allegations
A U.S. nongovernmental organization accused of instigating Hong Kong's pro-democracy "Occupy" street protests says it is engaged in normal cooperation with civic groups in the Chinese territory and has nothing to hide.
Chinese state media and pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong have published a series of articles in recent days, accusing the National Endowment for Democracy of funding and advising the protesters, who have occupied major Hong Kong streets since September 28. Those media also have portrayed NED as an agent of U.S. foreign policy.
In an exclusive interview with VOA, National Endowment for Democracy's vice president of programs for Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Louisa Greve, dismissed the accusations as an insult to Hong Kong people, whom she said have their own desires for a "democratic basis for their government."
"NED has a budget which is paid for by American taxpayers, but its decision making is not part of American foreign policy," Greve said.
Greve said NED does not engage in democracy-promotion work in Hong Kong itself.
"We really don't have offices around the world -- we have staff who take a look at proposals (from partner groups), have to understand the politics in the countries (where those partners operate), and then provide project support based on the groups' own proposals," she said. "Based on competition, because (our) money is limited, we try to support the best projects. We don’t control them."