US Secret Service agents face investigation for Colombian sex scandal
Thursday, April 19, 2012
In addition to the eleven US Secret Service agents currently under investigation, the US military doubled the target of its review from five to ten of its own members, all of whom were at Hotel Caribe in Cartagena. The investigated Secret Service agents have had their security clearances suspended during the investigation period, and are on administrative leave., director of the Secret Service agency, is in charge of the investigation.
Senator Collins said she was worried that the agents could have been compromised in ways that might have harmed the president’s security, such as being bugged.
The sex scandal has overshadowed President Barack Obama's trip to Colombia last Friday where he went primarily to discuss trade issues at the Summit of the Americas, but the President expressed his confidence that the internal investigation would be "thorough" and "rigorous".
Speaking for the military, Army General, chairman of the , said on Monday the military had been "embarrassed" and had not served the president well during the trip.
A manager at the Hotel Caribe first alerted the police after women had stayed in the Secret Service agents' rooms past the hotel's time limit for guests, according to US House of Representatives member . Guests are required to leave identification with the hotel while on the premises, and the policy of the hotel is that guests must leave by 7 in the morning. At least five military members missed their curfew and were at the same hotel where the incident with the agents took place.
- Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria. "U.S. agents, military brought up to 21 women to Colombia hotel" — , April 17, 2012
- "US Secret Service Cartagena scandal 'involved 20 women'" — , April 17, 2012
- Ed Henry and Justin Fishel. "Secret Service revokes security clearance for agents in prostitution probe, Pentagon 'embarrassed'" — , April 16, 2012
- President Obama: 'Angry' if Secret Service misconduct allegations true" — , April 15, 2012. "
- Laura Meckler. "Secret Service Agents in Scandal Placed on Leave" — , April 14 2012