Allegations of misconduct led the Secret Service to relieve agents sent to Colombia of their duty even before President Barack Obama arrived. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan did not disclose the exact number of agents relieved of duty and have been replaced. The agency also kept mum on details of the alleged misconduct.
“There have been allegations of misconduct made against the Secret Service in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the president’s trip.” Donovan said. “The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously”.
Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association stated that the accusations involve at least an agent and prostitutes in Cartagena, a beach resort city. The National Police of Colombia would not issue comments or statements, referring all questions to the Secret Service.
This could be the biggest scandal in Secret Service history as twelve agents are being accused of involvement in one way or the other. The incident has overshadowed the president’s agenda in Colombia at the 6th Summit of the Americas wherein focus will be on trade, energy and security.
Secret Service agents have always been depicted as men and women in business suits who behave appropriately. The recent incident in Colombia would surely put the agency in a bad light not only domestically but internationally as well.
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