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Secret Service agents recalled from Obama Columbia trip over prostitution scandal?


The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama’s trip to a summit that began there Friday.

Donovan declined to disclose details about the nature of the alleged misconduct. But Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations relate to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. ....

Adler said the entire unit was recalled for purposes of the investigation. The Secret Service “responded appropriately” and is “looking at a very serious allegation,” he said, adding that the agency “needs to properly investigate and fairly ascertain the merits of the allegations.”

The Washington Post was alerted to the investigation by Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and author of several nonfiction books, including the book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”

Kessler said he was told that a dozen agents had been removed from the trip. He added that soliciting prostitution is considered inappropriate by the Secret Service, even though it is legal in Colombia when conducted in designated “tolerance zones.” However, Kessler added, several of the agents involved are married.


So, who told Kessler? And why now? Because we can assume this isn't the first time, right? Personally, I thought that Robama had this election wired, but maybe Fred Hiatt decided to give Obomney a boost....

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Submitted by Hugh on

There was a principle involved. Kleptocrats charge those they are screwing over. The secret service agent(s) clearly was/were being charged for their screwing. This was completely inappropriate. Haggling over the fees while kleptocratically well-intentioned can not make up for the underlying breach.