Ten days after this website published a story regarding alleged deviant behavior exhibited by a member of the U.S. Secret Service, a full-blown scandal has erupted regarding similar allegations against the agency.
At least a dozen Secret Service agents assigned to protect U.S. President Barack Obama during a trip to Colombia, South America this weekend were removed from their posts after allegations surfaced that at least one of them had been involved with prostitutes. It’s unclear exactly what transpired, but multiple media outlets are reporting that the situation was serious enough to require intervention by the U.S. State Department.
“There have been allegations of misconduct made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia prior to the President’s trip,” Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman, said in a statement. “Because of this, those personnel are being relieved of their assignments, returned to their place of duty, and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel.”
“The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Donovan added. “This entire matter has been turned over to our Office of Professional Responsibility, which serves as the agency’s internal affairs component. These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.”
Donovan is correct … the Secret Service does take these allegations very seriously. In fact we got a taste of just how seriously last week when we forwarded the agency some of the information that we obtained regarding sexually related allegations against one of its agents - whose proximity to Obama or any of the agency’s protectees has yet to be determined.