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Obama Secret Service Agents Relieved Of Duty Following Colombia Misconduct Allegations

Herb 2012/04/14 17:31:48

CARTAGENA, Colombia — A dozen Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct.

A caller who said he had knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that.

A U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents at 12. The agency was not releasing the number of personnel involved.

The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.

Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and the author of a book about the Secret Service, told the Post that he had learned that 12 agents were involved, several of them married.

The incident threatened to overshadow Obama's economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the U.S. The White House had no comment.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying only that there had been "allegations of misconduct" made against Secret Service personnel in the Colombian port city hosting Obama and more than 30 world leaders.

Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president's arrival Friday night.

Obama was attending a leaders' dinner Friday night at Cartagena's historic Spanish fortress. He was due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders Saturday and Sunday.







Those involved had been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were being replaced by other agency personnel, Donovan said. The matter was turned over to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the agency's internal affairs.

"These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the president's trip," Donovan said.

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  • Theresa 2012/04/14 17:47:11
    Theresa
    +4
    So the pattern of corruption of this regime is extending into the Secret Service Ranks now?

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  • Pat 2012/04/14 22:32:41
    Pat
    This is a big embarrassment for the Secret Service. I dated a Secret Service man during the McGovern Campaign and he was a perfect gentleman. Too bad he had to move on with the campaign.
  • pbunny 2012/04/14 21:32:56
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    +2
    One very rotten apple in charge and what can we expect?
  • Seonag 2012/04/14 20:32:00
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    +1
    They are and embarrassment to the Secret Service, but more so to the United States of America. You know, when you travel to other countries, especially on 'official duty' you are representing your country. Behavior like this calls for firing and loss of ALL benefits in my opinion.
  • "Shooter" E-7 ™ 2012/04/14 18:46:08 (edited)
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    Just about everybody does whatever they want because of this inept and inexperienced administration, Hussein's Admin. is too busy covering up their "F-ing" ups
  • Dee 2012/04/14 18:11:22
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    +2
    The Secret Service witness a lack of accountability to the people of the United States on a daily basis. Why would we expect anything different from them? They are just a symptom of a larger problem.
  • Theresa 2012/04/14 17:47:11
    Theresa
    +4
    So the pattern of corruption of this regime is extending into the Secret Service Ranks now?
  • mal Theresa 2012/04/14 19:01:44
    mal
    +3
    The fbi and supreme court
  • angelbaby 2012/04/14 17:40:57
    angelbaby
    +3
    Everything involving Obama turns into a circus
  • "Shoote... angelbaby 2012/04/14 18:47:39
  • angelbaby "Shoote... 2012/04/14 18:50:41
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    +2
    Lord help us!
  • mal angelbaby 2012/04/14 19:02:42
    mal
    +2
    We will have to help ourselves in the not so distant future.
  • mal mal 2012/04/14 19:03:44
  • angelbaby mal 2012/04/14 19:14:51
    angelbaby
    +1
    Thanks for that link!
  • angelbaby mal 2012/04/14 19:04:21
    angelbaby
    +1
    True dat!
  • "Shoote... angelbaby 2012/04/14 19:03:03
    "Shooter" E-7 ™
    +1
    AMEN!!
  • pamela "Shoote... 2012/04/14 21:40:16
    pamela
    +1
    Good one, with Soros as the ringleader after all he does pull the strings. soros the ringleader
  • "Shoote... pamela 2012/04/14 21:50:49
    "Shooter" E-7 ™
    +1
    You got that right my friend! :-)
  • pbunny angelbaby 2012/04/14 21:31:30
    pbunny
    +2
    So true.
  • Roblem BN-0 2012/04/14 17:35:22
    Roblem BN-0
    +1
    I just wonder why we don't call the secret service the SS??
  • greatwhyte2 2012/04/14 17:34:06
    greatwhyte2
    +2
    yep read that what do you expect from a president that is so bad even his secret service has no respect for him.
  • "Shoote... greatwh... 2012/04/14 18:48:37

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