Monday, April 16, 2012

Ronald Kessler's Column: Secret Service Agents Violated Top Secret Clearance

Ronald Kessler, the veteran journalist and author of In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, broke the story of Secret Service agents hiring prositiutes in Colombia.

He writes in his latest column that the Secret Service agents violated their Top Secret clearances.

By allegedly hiring prostitutes, married Secret Service agents in Colombia violated their top-secret security clearances.

Every agent has such a security clearance. An extra-marital affair if proven can be grounds for revoking a clearance. Without that, no one can be an agent.

While some are single, most of the 11 Secret Service agents and uniformed officers suspended in the Colombia scandal are married. Two are supervisors. Aside from jeopardizing security clearances, engaging prostitutes violates the basic Secret Service code of conduct.

The scandal began last week two days before President Barack Obama’s trip to Cartagena in conjunction with the Summit of the Americas. A prostitute at the Hotel Caribe refused to leave an agent’s room because he had not paid her.

You can read the rest of the column via the below link:

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