Agents Protecting Obama Abroad Sent Home
For Disciplinary Reasons
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[March 26, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Three members
of the U.S. Secret Service detail that protects President Barack Obama
were sent home from Amsterdam for disciplinary reasons, a Secret Service
spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Brian Leary, declined to provide further details.
The agents were disciplined after going out for a night of drinking,
the Washington Post reported. One of the agents was found drunk and
passed out in a hotel hallway a day before the president arrived in
Europe, said the Post, which first reported the incident, citing
three people familiar with it.
None of the agents were supervisors, a Secret Service source said,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The incident comes despite efforts by the agency to restore its
straight-laced reputation after a scandal involving prostitutes in
Cartagena, Colombia, in 2012.
A report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector
general released in December urged tougher management and
disciplinary standards and recommended that the service monitor and
address excessive alcohol consumption and personal conduct within
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The IG also urged strengthening and clarifying policies for dealing
with misconduct and disciplining employees.
The agency named a female director, Julia Pierson, in March 2013
after the Colombia events.
(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Ken Wills)
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