Secret Service Prostitution Scandal: More Sackings Expected

Chairman of the congressional committee Peter King

The chairman of a Congressional committee investigating an alleged Secret Service prostitution scandal has predicted more sackings.
Republican Peter King, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee said “every possible lead” was being examined.
He said he expected that in the “near future, several other” members of the Secret Service will leave.
“What they were thinking is beyond me,” Mr King told NBC television’s “Meet the Press.”
So far, six agents have lost their jobs. They were among agents pulled from duty in Cartagena, Colombia, after allegations that the men brought prostitutes back to their hotel. The incident occurred this month shortly before Barack Obama arrived for a meeting of regional presidents.
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said the allegations were disturbing, but that the misdeeds of a few individuals should not tarnish the overall work and reputation of the service.
Mr Axelrod told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he always felt the agents were willing to do anything to protect the president and the people around him. He called the agents’ conduct in Colombia “really disappointing.”
“I was surprised by it,” he said, adding, “You know, people being what they are, you’re never totally surprised. In any organisation, things can go wrong.” Mr Axelrod worked at the White House before leaving last year to work full time in Mr Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters in Chicago.
He later told NBC that “on the whole, the Secret Service does heroic work. This is quite disturbing. We have to get to the bottom of this, and I’m sure we will.”
Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, expressed similar views and said there is “no evidence that information was compromised” in the incident.
But, he told “Fox News Sunday” that “history is full of cases where enemies have compromised people and security or intelligence … with sex.”
“They were not acting like Secret Service agents. They were acting like a bunch of college students away on a spring student weekend,” said Mr Lieberman, an independent.
The scandal includes 12 Secret Service employees and 11 military members.



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