Secret Service Agent Accused of Affair Kills Self
Rafael Prieto allegedly in undisclosed relationship with foreign citizen
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2012 7:12 AM CDT
A Secret Service agent has apparently committed suicide.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Secret Service agent appears to have killed himself as authorities investigated allegations of an unreported affair with a foreign national. Rafael Prieto was found dead Saturday, Politico reports; an official cause of death hasn't yet emerged. Prieto, who was reportedly estranged from his wife, had been undergoing an investigation into his relationship with a Mexican woman. For security reasons, the Secret Service requires relationships with foreign citizens to be disclosed, though officials don't believe Prieto was passing information to the woman.

A colleague told authorities about the relationship following the Secret Service's Colombian prostitution scandal, which has prompted heightened concern over such matters. When he was questioned, Prieto acknowledged the affair. He was discovered in his car with the motor running, the AP reports. "Rafael Prieto had a distinguished 20-year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishment, dedication, and friendships," says a spokesman. "The Secret Service is mourning the loss of a valued colleague."

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Nov 2, 2012 11:43 AM CDT
"A colleague told authorities about the relationship ... " Rat fink mofo.
Nov 2, 2012 10:37 AM CDT
As Peanuts once said "No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from." Too bad he didn't read Peanuts.
Nov 2, 2012 9:56 AM CDT
It will be interesting if we ever hear the real story here. How was he murdered and by whom? What bullshit was he up to? Suicide, maybe, maybe not.