Obama Secret Service Agents Pulled From Colombia Over "Involvement With Prostitutes"

The news came out last night that an unspecified number of President Obama's Secret Service staff have been brought back from Colombia, where the president is attending the controversial Summit of the Americas meeting, with allegation relating to "at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena," the Washington Post reports.

Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman, said that an unspecified number of agents have been recalled and replaced with others, stressing that Obama’s security has not been compromised because of the change. Obama arrived in Cartagena on Friday afternoon for this weekend’s Summit of the Americas, a gathering of 33 of the hemisphere’s 35 leaders to discuss economic policy and trade....

[Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association president Jon] 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 article goes on to quote former Post reporter Ronald Kessler, who tipped the paper off to the investigation:

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.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume the U.S. Secret Service -- not to mention these men's spouses -- consider it  more than "inappropriate."

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 14, 2012, 6:02am

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