CBS News/AP (4/26/2012) — More details are emerging on whether Secret Service employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit last year to El Salvador, including a U.S. government subcontractor’s claim that agents bragged that they “did this all the time,” according to CBS affiliate KIRO Seattle.
In El Salvador, KIRO-TV reporter Chris Halsne spoke to a U.S. government subcontractor who claims to have accompanied a group of Secret Service agents to a strip club shortly before Mr. Obama’s 2011 trip to the country. The subcontractor, who is not named in the KIRO-TV report, claims members of the Secret Service advance team received “sexual favors” in a VIP section of the club. Additionally, the subcontractor said at least two of the agents took escorts back to their hotel.
In a report that aired on KIRO Thursday, the subcontractor said the agents partied at the club into the early morning. “They’re hitting the town, so they wanted to see where the action was, and it just so happen(s) I know a lot of good spots where you can get entertained, let your hair down as we say and basically, that’s what I did. They went and enjoyed themselves,” he said.
The source said that the agents used their job positions to bait women and that they bragged aout being part of Obama’s Secret Service crew. The subcontractor added that he suggested to some of the agents that what they were doing as not a good idea given the crime in the country. Despite his repeated warnings, according to him, the agents said they “did this all the time” and “not to worry about it.”
Halsne asked the subcontractor if this was something the agents did everywhere they went based on the conversations. “Yeah,” the subcontractor responded. “Definitely. I mean, like I said, conversations I head; they bragged about it. How good was the night in ‘X’ place or country. Yeah, I heard that more than once.”Continue Reading on www.cbsnews.com