Secret Service Scandal Deepens

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 8:51am

More details emerge as the investigation continues.

There is more fallout this morning from the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia as more details surface on which agents were involved in hiring prostitutes.

It now appears there may have been just as many members of the Military involved as Secret Service personnel.

For now, top security clearance has been revoked for 11 Secret Service agents accused of hiring prostitutes while preparing for President Obama's visit to Colombia last week.

Lawmakers are concerned about a security breach. "Anybody who's watched a spy movie knows, you know, you go in with the girls, you plant the bugs you compromise the agents. What were these guys thinking?" questioned Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX).

First reaction from the pentagon is embarrassment. "We are embarrassed by the incident in Columbia. . . We let the boss down because nobody is talking about what went on in Colombia other than this incident," said the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey.

"I can assure you that if that investigation determines that there has been a violation, that the individuals involved will be held accountable," said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Sources indicate there were two Secret Service Supervisors, three snipers, and three members assigned to protect the President's Motorcade - all had his minute-by-minute schedule. "If the prostitutes had access to THAT - they could could have potentially given it to a foreign intelligence service, a drug cartel or even a terrorist group," said NBC News Investigative Correspondent, Michael Isikoff.

Now we're learning not five, but perhaps more than 10 members of the Navy, the Army, and the Marines may have been involved.

Several Congressional Committees may hold hearings to investigate.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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