of the suspects told authorities they were ‘going to shoot Obama from a
high vantage point using a rifle sighted at 750 yards’.
arrested 62-year-old Jefferson Williams of Arkansas after he was spotted driving
erratically near Denver, where Mr Obama is due to speak at the
Democratic Party convention later today.
The other person tried to jump out of the back of the pick-up truck when stopped by the police and is identified as Diane Rodham, 60 of Arkansas and is the girlfriend of Williams.
Officers recovered two high-powered rifles with scopes, a final notice demand for debt payments, a US election primaries campaign leaflet, camouflage
clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope,
licenses in the names of other people and 440 grams of the drug viagra.
Police alerted federal officials because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention.
Jefferson Williams posing with the rifle he was caught with (inset) his girlfriend, Rodham
The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force are all investigating the alleged plot.
U.S. Attorneys Office has scheduled a news conference for later today.
The U.S. Attorney in Denver said it does not believe there is a
credible threat to Obama or the convention despite evidence to the contrary.