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Four of the Secret Service agents fired in the recent Colombian sex scandal are fighting their dismissals, screams today’s front-page headline of the Washington Post.
Above the fold.
For agents who already object to the agency’s handling of the incident, more public humiliation can’t help. The dismissed agents say they are being scapegoated for behavior that has been agency culture long before this scandal broke.
They also allege that media attention has skewed reality into a more titillating narrative, reports the Washington Post, and what really happened involved separate trysts with a range of intentions and outcomes… including the single 29 year old agent who naively thought he got lucky, bringing 2 women back to his room, unaware that they were prostitutes.
Director Mark Sullivan will appear before a Senate committee Wednesday, speaking publicly on the matter for the first time. He purportedly plans to tell Congress that there was “no breach of operational security,” but he may need to address the dismissed agents’ allegations of smarmy agency culture as well.
As POTUS made it through the Colombia visit unharmed, and the sex-scandal fallout spreads to the military and DEA, the public may be more interested in the integrity of these agencies’ cultures more than their effectiveness, especially as they represent the U.S. abroad.
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