U.S. Representative Peter King, a United States lawmaker who was briefed on the on-going investigation, told The Associated Press that nearly all of the twelve Secret Service agents involved in the scandal had women in their Cartagena, Colombia, hotel rooms which were:
“Presumed to be prostitutes.”
The alleged Secret Service prostitution scandal involves a dozen agents who were deployed in Colombia to help protect President Barack Obama during his diplomatic mission to the Summit of the Americas which is being held this weekend in Cartagena.
While the incident is currently under investigation, the White House had no official comment. The White House did not dispute the allegations of misconduct by Secret Service agents. Spokesman for the Secret Service, Ed Donovan, indicated that all of the agents involved were relieved from duty and replaced with alternative agents. In regards to the changing of agency personnel tasked with Obama’s safety and security, Donovan was quoted having said:
“These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the president’s trip.”
Cartagena’s Hotel Caribe played host to the scandal as all of the agents, members of various news corporations, and several members of the White House staff all stayed in the hotel. An employee of the hotel, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the Secret Service agents arrived a week ago and described the agents as having consumed a considerable amount of alcohol during their stay at Hotel Caribe.
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