A Little Dash: Secret Service Scandal


by Dash West | ARCHIVES

A sex scandal rocks the very morale direction and security of the United States Secret Service. A manager at the Hotel Caribe first alerted the police after women had stayed in the Secret Service agents’ rooms past the hotel’s time limit for guests, according to US House of Representatives member Peter King. Guests are required to leave identification with the hotel while on the premises, and the policy of the hotel is that guests must leave by 7am in the morning. At least five military members missed their curfew and were at the same hotel where the incident with the agents took place. The events that became the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service came to light as 24-year-old Columbian prostitute Dania Suarez (which is legal in Columbia) who is at the center of a Secret Service scandal gave the most complete account yet of her alleged dispute over payment with an agent that led to revelations about nine Secret Service members bringing prostitutes to their rooms on a presidential business trip to Colombia.

In an interview on Caracol News in Cartagena, Dania Suarez said she and some girlfriends had met for a drink April 11 when they encountered an American man out carousing and drinking vodka in a Cartagena bar with other Americans. Appearing composed as she spoke, Suarez said in the interview that she agreed to go back to the agent’s hotel room — not realizing he worked for the Secret Service — and they negotiated ahead of time that he would pay her what she called a “little gift” of $800. When she asked for the money the next morning, Suarez said, the agent’s pleasant personality from the night before had disappeared and he told her: “Let’s go, b—-. I’m not going to pay you.” She said he pushed her out of his room and into the hallway.

US Senator Susan Collins said US Secret Service agents and US military personnel in Cartagena, Colombia engaged around 21 Colombian women in the prostitution sex scandal. In addition to the eleven US Secret Service agents currently under investigation, the US military doubled the target of its review from five to ten of its own members, all of whom were at Hotel Caribe in Cartagena. The investigated Secret Service agents have had their security clearances suspended during the investigation period, and are on administrative leave. Mark Sullivan, director of the Secret Service agency, is in charge of the investigation. Senator Collins said she was worried that the agents could have been compromised in ways that might have harmed the president’s security, such as being bugged. The sex scandal has overshadowed President Barack Obama’s trip to Colombia where he went primarily to discuss trade issues at the Summit of the Americas, but the President expressed his confidence that the internal investigation would be “thorough” and “rigorous”.

The United Secret Service is authorized by law to protect the President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President, should the vice presidency be vacant), the President-elect, and the Vice President-elect and families, Former Presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes except when the spouse divorces or remarries. The Secret Service protection to former Presidents and their spouses for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former President leaves office–making Bill and Hillary Clinton the last to receive lifetime protection. Visiting heads of states or governments and their spouses traveling and major presidential and vice presidential candidates.

The U.S. government has released more than 200 pages of new documents revealing accusations against the Secret Service stretching all the way back to 2004. The papers expose a laundry list of accusations against agents and officers, including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, illegal wiretaps, publishing pornography, sexual assault, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior. Some of the accusations occurred as recently as last month. It’s unclear how many of the accusations were confirmed to be true. Some were resolved administratively, while others are being formally investigated. The document release follows the recent Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, which Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan insisted was an isolated case.


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Escort Dania Suarez in the center of sex scandal

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