Secret Service discloses 40 barrier-jumping incidents at the White House

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There were more than twice as many incidents involving White House complex fence- and barrier-jumping over the last five years than the U.S. Secret Service previously publicly disclosed, although the vast majority of them involved breaches of lower barriers than the main fence.

The Secret Service on Friday provided a thorough accounting to Congress about the number of security breaches over the last five years at the White House complex and the circumstances surrounding them.

The documents highlight the difficulty of protecting the sprawling White House compound from mentally ill individuals determined to breach security.

Ten separate instances involve someone scaling the fixed security fencing surrounding the White House complex to access a restricted area without authorization.

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