Obama's Australia visit details stored in old van

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 07:20 hrs

Sensitive details of US Secret Service agents and preparations for President Barack Obama's visit to Australia have been stored in an old van parked at a Canberra hotel.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Obama has arrived in the Australian capital had a meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The Daily Telegraph has revealed timesheets detailing travel of US agents and officials have been left in the white Mazda parked at the rear of the Hyatt hotel.

Roads will be closed today. Guards were yesterday stationed at aviation fuel terminals at the airport and the President's attack-proof limousine, the Obamamobile, has already arrived in Canberra.

Yet hire car drivers working on the President's visit have been asked to deposit their time sheets in the van, which was unmanned when visited by The Daily Telegraph on Friday.

One driver said they folded up the documents, as they were concerned about leaving them unattended in a car park.

Another claimed he was sacked for refusing to send timesheets, showing where a US Secret Service agent from the Presidential Protection Division of the US Department of Homeland Security had been, unaccompanied in a taxi to the hotel car park.

The timesheet detailed suburbs and buildings visited last Tuesday, when the agent went to a Canberra primary school.

It is understood advance work was done at the school but President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard did not choose it for a visit.

The US Embassy in Canberra said any questions about presidential security were a matter for the Secret Service.

President Obama will address to a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament at 10.15 a.m. tomorrow. He will then visit a primary school with Prime Minister Gillard.

Obama is also due to lay a wreath at the Canberra War Memorial and will spend Friday in Darwin. (ANI)

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