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U.N. Confirms Mystery Photo-op Crasher at World Summit

Wednesday, 21 September 2005 12:00 AM

"Yes, he did sneak in. We are now trying to find out what happened," says Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Dujarric was referring to an incident last week when all of the visiting heads of state at the U.N. World Summit gathered for the traditional group photo.

It was officially billed as the "biggest gathering of world leaders ever," so important that the U.N. allowed U.S. Secret Service agents into its headquarters to assist in securing the photo shoot.

As first reported in NewsMax, armed U.S. agents were posted at all doors to the Trusteeship Council chamber, which was temporarily converted into a special photo studio.

Adjoining offices were locked, occupants asked to leave for several hours, metal and bomb detectors were seen scouring the council chamber.

After a VIP lunch hosted by Secretary General Kofi Annan, the dignitaries all gathered to file into the Trusteeship Council chamber for the big photo.

George W Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Ariel Sharon, Hu Jintao and Pervez Musharaff (to name a few) all filed into their assigned spots for the "smilefest."

15 minutes later, it was all over ... or so it seemed.

As the U.N. photo dept. rushed to get the "world portrait" printed, they noticed something strange.

There seemed to be an extra person in the photo.

The U.N. staff checked and checked but could not find the identity of the person.

It was reminiscent of an incident at the last big world gathering, the U.N.'s Millennium Summit in 2000.

Then, a person representing "the Order of Malta" took a spot not far from Bill Clinton.

The U.N. and the Secret Service vowed that this time there would be no crashers.

They were wrong.

NewsMax has obtained a copy of the original, undoctored photo from last week's meeting.

Only feet away from Bush, Putin and Blair there stands a smiling chap in a bright grey suit.

Who is this mysterious happy face?

Several "discreet" inquiries by NewsMax identified the "extra" in the photo as an Iraqi.

He is not just a run of the mill Iraqi, but the national security adviser to President Jamal Talabani. Mouwaffak Al-Rubaie is seen front and center like a bird who just ate the canary. Only feet away stands Talabani, also with a big grin.

These two accomplished something even Saddam Hussein could not: Two Iraqis in a World Summit photo.

The problem is, the U.N., the Secret Service and Iraq's U.N. mission say Rubaie had no authorization to crash the photo.

Or did he? According to some Arab diplomats, Rubaie claims he did get a last minute "invite," albeit ad-hoc.

The Iraqi explained that shortly before the photo, he ran into an "old friend" who suggested he join the party.

Months in the planning, days of security sweeps, each spot in the photo meticulously planned ... what "old friend" would dare throw a monkey wrench into the World Summit photo?

According to Rubaie, none other than George W Bush.

The White House refused comment.

And the U.N. investigation goes on.

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