A dozen Secret Service agents on President Obama's security detail have been sent home from a summit in Colombia over allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes, officials said.
"A U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents at 12," reported the Associated Press "The agency was not releasing the number of personnel involved." Obama is in Cartagena, Colombia, for this weekend's Summit of the Americas.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan declined to comment on specifics, but said that "these personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President's trip".
The Washington Post also noted that "there have been other incidents involving Obama's security detail over the past year:"
In November, Christopher W. Deedy, a federal agent with the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was charged with second-degree murder after shooting a man during a dispute outside a McDonald's in Honolulu. Though Deedy was off-duty at the time, he was on the island to provide advance security arrangements for Obama's trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
In August, Daniel L. Valencia, a Secret Service agent, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Decorah, Iowa, where he was helping arrange security for Obama's bus trip through three Midwestern states. Valencia, who was off-duty at the time of the arrest, was recently sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served, and a fine of $1,250.
Comment..... I have seen a few Presidents in my life but I never seen anything happen like this. What did they do, lower the standards? It looks like they are hiring Alcoholics and Professional killers...They are in Columbia so it leaves nothing to the imagination what they did there of all places...Being an ex-government employee I know there are high standards for getting that job...With this agency its 10 times as high. You will have a background check to end all background checks...I mean they will dig back to your parents, parents. There are lie detector tests and special psychological tests, physical training and a willingness to take a bullet for the boss by standing in the line of fire...In other words a very, very special person...What happened here?