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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Navy SEALs.com - Federal Agents Guard Wolfie While He is "Shacking Up"

Navy SEALs.com - Articles: Viewing Article: "This being Washington, there's a political undercurrent to the gossip: Turns out that some Iraq war foes in the diplomat-heavy neighborhood south of American University don't seem to appreciate that Wolfowitz regularly spends the night at Riza's home. Two residents told us that Wolfowitz's guards wait in a car outside until he departs early in the morning.

"They kind of picked the wrong place, if they want to be private about it. I don't know if it could be more public if it were on 16th and K streets," said one neighbor, who declined to be identified, citing a desire to maintain cordial relations with Riza. "It's an international neighborhood and he's the icon for a fabulously expensive, tragic war. It's the one thing we talk about now."

There's also been annoyance in the quiet enclave over the attention drawn by his round-the-clock security detail and visits by other top officials to Riza's house. "They do a lot of entertaining," our source said.

As a rule, the Defense Department does not comment on the protection assigned to higher-ups, but one knowledgeable official, who declined to be identified because security procedures are involved, told us yesterday that Wolfowitz is assigned 24-hour protection everywhere he goes -- including his own home -- because he is a target of threats.

Wolfowitz, 61, and Riza, who's said to be in her mid-fifties, are both divorced. They have declined to publicly discuss their relationship but share a desire to democratize the Middle East. Riza, an Oxford-educated British citizen, was born in Tunisia and grew up in Saudi Arabia. She's known for her expertise on women's rights and has been listed on the bank's Web site as a media contact for Iraq reconstruction issues."


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