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Fake reporter infiltrated White House and grilled press secretary Jen Psaki for weeks before being exposed

A FAKE political reporter infiltrated the White House and managed to grill press secretary Jen Psaki before being exposed weeks later.

An online video game player posed as a White House Correspondents Association member and landed four questions in recent press briefings, Politico reported. 

Politico's Christopher Cadelago said the fake reporter - known as "Kacey Montagu" - snuck in questions to Psaki by emailing White House reporters using a series of invented journalist titles. 

"Kacey Montagu" claimed to be the chief political correspondent for White House News, a fictional website, and a reporter for the Daily Mail - a British tabloid.

The fake reporter was given access to cover Covid government press briefings and regularly sent in questions, but claimed she wasn't able to be there in person "due to social distancing regulations".

The imposter was able to hoodwink White House reporters to ask Psaki "about everything from Covid-19 travel bans, to coming ambassadorships, to Biden's reaction to Microsoft being hacked".

"In at least one instance, a White House official was connected with Montagu to circle back with more information when they had it," Politico reported.

After White House reporters started digging into "Kacey Montagu" - who had a deactivated LinkedIn account with a photo of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson eating an ice cream - they became suspicious.

Politico discovered the person behind "Kacey Montagu" was actually a Lego video gamer.

"They believe Montagu's White House moonlighting began as something to boast about in the online global gaming platform called ROBLOX, where users jokingly call themselves 'Legos,'" according to Politico.

"Within that platform is a role-playing group called nUSA, where people from across the world engage in a mock U.S. government exercise.

"At one point, Montagu had adopted the role of Secretary of State but resigned from that job after - as they recalled - 'the [nUSA] President went to war with some U.K. and I thought it was a pretty bad idea!'"

When contacted by Politico, the prankster said they created the reporter profiles "as some fun".

"I created them as some fun but also to ensure that people know what is going on - they should be able to know what POTUS and V.P. is doing and I think the account following shows people are interested in that," the fake reporter said in an email.

"I love journalism, and I think the press corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment, so I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to."

The Sun has approached the White House for comment.

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