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Secret Service scandal deepens; 11 placed on leave
Man how many times during this admin., has the Secret Service messed up? Posted 15 April 2012
Secret Service scandal deepens; 11 placed on leave - Yahoo! News
.Secret Service scandal deepens; 11 placed on leave
By JULIE PACE and LIBARDO CARDONA | Associated Press – 8 hrs ago.
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — An embarrassing scandal involving prostitutes and Secret Service agents deepened Saturday as 11 agents were placed on leave, and the agency designed to protect President Barack Obama had to offer regret for the mess overshadowing his diplomatic mission to Latin America.
The controversy also expanded to the U.S. military, which announced five service members staying at the same hotel as the agents in Colombia may have been involved in misconduct as well. They were confined to their quarters in Colombia and ordered not to have contact with others.
All the alleged activities took place before Obama arrived Friday in this Colombian port city for meetings with 33 other regional leaders.
Put together, the allegations were an embarrassment for an American president on foreign soil and threatened to upend White House efforts to keep his trip focused squarely on boosting economic ties with fast-growing Latin America. Obama was holding two days of meetings at the Summit of the Americas with leaders from across the vast region before heading back to Washington Sunday night.
The Secret Service did not disclose the nature of the misconduct. The Associated Press confirmed on Friday that it involved prostitutes.
The White House said Obama had been briefed about the incidents but would not comment on his reaction.
"The president does have full confidence in the United States Secret Service," presidential spokesman Jay Carney said when asked.
Gee what else would he say?
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