Thursday 14 December 2017

US reveals long list of Secret Service claims

Alicia A Caldwell in Washington

THE US government yesterday revealed details of serious allegations against Secret Service agents and officers since 2004, including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunkenness.

It was not immediately clear how many of the accusations were confirmed to be true.

The heavily censored 229-page list was quietly released under the US Freedom of Information Act to the media following the Secret Service prostitution scandal that erupted in April in Colombia. It describes accusations filed against Secret Service staff with the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.

The service protects the president and those close to him.

Some of the accusations occurred as recently as last month. In many cases, the government noted that some of the claims were resolved administratively, and others were being formally investigated.

The new disclosures of so many serious accusations lend weight to concerns expressed by Congress that the prostitution scandal exposed a culture of misconduct within the Secret Service.

Irish Independent

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