US Colombia prostitution scandal, politically embarrassing
The involvement of US Secret Service agents in a controversial prostitution scandal is to say the least "politically embarrassing" for the US administration, a former senior CIA analyst tells Press TV. The comment comes as a number of US military personnel members and Secret Service agents accompanying President Barack Obama in his visit to Colombia for the Sixth Summit of the Americas are accused of involvement in "inappropriate conduct." The Colombian police authority said that -- while on duty -- the US personnel took prostitutes into their hotel rooms. The police said the instances of misconduct had caused the Secret Service to send 11 of its agents back to the US. To analyze the issue farther Press TV has talked to former senior CIA analyst David MacMichael from Washington. What follows is a rough transcript of the interview: Press TV: Many thanks for joining us here on Press TV sir. Despite this scandal still growing the Obama administration continues to put weight behind the director of the Secret Service. Is that a wise move, considering many are now questioning if the practice is more widespread than meets the eye? MacMichael: Well, I think so far the director of the Secret Service Mark Sulivan has been commanded by the administration as having the situation under control but of course and as you indicated one of those things which is a considerable political embarrassment to the administration simply because it raises questions about who is minding the store <b>...</b>
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