Two starts, a dismissal: the heads began to fall Wednesday, April 18 at the Secret Service following the scandal of prostitution in Colombia that has shaken the Police elite charged with protecting the President Barack Obama .
Of the eleven members of the Secret Service and subject to a suspended investigation in this matter, "a member of the hierarchy was allowed to take his retirement, another member of the hierarchy is being sacked (...) and a third , an officer of rank, resigned, "said the Secret Service. The same source, "the eight other employees remain suspended" while the internal investigation continues.
This will be "complete, scrupulous and fair, and will use all the investigative techniques that our agency has," said the federal police elite. She referred to this effect "passages lie detector, examinations of the employees involved and witnesses, including interrogations to be conducted by our office (ILI) in Cartagena, Colombia ".
It is in this swanky beach resort that officers and ten members of the forces arm ed U.S., are suspected of having had sex with prostitutes, as they were preparing the arrival of President Barack Obama. The latter, on-site Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, attended the Sixth Summit of the Americas with thirty heads of state and government. But the summit's agenda, given the United States , went totally unnoticed since the scandal that erupted Friday and swelled every day since.
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This unprecedented scandal tarnishes the image of the police elite deemed voluntary "take a bullet instead of the president" of the United States. If these facts are proven, "it will leave a stain on all the Secret Service, because, for nearly one hundred and fifty years is an organization that was highly respected ", said Wednesday that Republican Sen. Charles Grassley on MSNBC.
"I expect the Secret Service the same as what I expect from the rest of my delegation. We represent Americans. And when we travel to another country, I expect that we observe the highest standards (...) of dignity and honesty. And obviously, this information does not match these criteria, "explained Obama Sunday before leaving Cartagena. The White House, which could well have done this scandal to six and a half months of the presidential election, stressed the need to let the investigation take its course, and said Tuesday that Obama had confidence in Chief of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan .