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Obama backs security chief in prostitute probe

President Barack Obama has confidence in the director of the Secret Service, his spokesman said, as an investigation widened into allegations that agents consorted with prostitutes while in Colombia preparing security for a summit.

The agency's director, Mark Sullivan, "acted swiftly" when accusations were made that as many as 11 agents were involved with prostitutes in the resort city of Cartagena before Mr Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas, White House press secretary Jay Carney said yesterday.

"The Secret Service performs admirably in protecting the president," Mr Carney said.

In addition to the internal investigation by the Secret Service, the Pentagon is conducting its own inquiry.

Irish Independent