'Sex Scandal' Agents Had Obama's Sked in Rooms
'What if the women had been spies?' asks senator
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2012 2:43 AM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2012 6:37 AM CDT
US Secret Service agents (not necessarily the ones involved in the scandal) walk around the Convention Center in Cartagena, prior to the opening of the Summit of the Americas.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – Secret Service agents had copies of President Obama's schedule in their hotel rooms while they were allegedly entertaining prostitutes in Colombia last week, sources have told MSNBC. The latest information about agent hijinks raises the disturbing issue of serious security breaches. "I can't help but think what if the women involved had been spies, what if they had been members of a drug cartel, what if they had planted equipment or eavesdropping devices?" said Senator Susan Collins of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Eleven agents suspected of hiring prostitutes were yanked from duty in Cartegena, where they were providing security for the Summit of the Americas, and were stripped of their security clearances, reports Reuters.

The Secret Service members involved include both elite special agents who protect the president and uniformed officers who provide security for buildings and logistical support. At least five military servicemen are now also being investigated for their role in the "carousing at the center of the probe," reports the Washington Post. The situation underlines a troubling culture among Secret Service agents, whose married members sometimes joke during travel: "Wheels up, rings off," notes the Post. "We are embarrassed," said General Martin Demsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The situation came to light when one of the prostitutes complained to local police that she hadn't been paid. The president has called for a through investigation.

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hdwhaley
Apr 19, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
Doesn't anyone have a problem with a 3rd world pro demanding $800? The $30 was likely the agreed price. She just decided that if she made a scene she might get more, and she did. I doubt if she will ever work that area again! She had probably pulled this stunt successfully before but did not realize who the men were. As for the travel schedule, do you really think it would just be laying around for anyone to see? Get real! Do you think these men are on duty 24 hours a day? They did their jobs during the day. Did you expect them to sit at attention in their rooms at night. Prostitution is legal there, they broke no law.
USLady
Apr 18, 2012 9:38 PM CDT
Obama probably knew about it all. He knows the guys like to relax and have fun sometimes! who cares if they have families and a job to do.
Riffran
Apr 18, 2012 2:12 AM CDT
At first I was dismissive on this as thinking "Just some guys getting a little trim"...Now with this tidbit of info..not so sure anymore. Those dudes royally screwed the pooch. See ya..don't want to be ya