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Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan Says So-Long On Friday

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By Allan Lengel

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who served under two presidents, steps down on Friday after a long reign at the head of the agency.

Sullivan, who had been director since 2006,  had a successful run as director, but his tenure was not without heartburn.

He had to deal with the couple who crashed a White house party in 2009, and last year, his agents were involved in a sex scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.

He was an agent for 30 years.

Fox News: IG Report Suggests Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan Lied to Congress About Hooker Scandal

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel

Fox News is reporting that an Inspector General report suggests that Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan lied during his congressional testimony in the Colombia prostitution scandal.

Fox wrote on it’s website:

Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) have completed their investigative report, which will be referred to the Department of Justice along with a memorandum of activity that lists potential criminal actions. The report indicates Sullivan may have obstructed Congress by lying about the criminal associations of prostitutes involved in the scandal. The report also alleges Sullivan may have manipulated a report requested by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the sources said.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan issued a statement, according to Fox:

“Director Mark Sullivan and the Secret Service have conducted a fair and thorough investigation resulting from the Cartagena incident. The agency response to those with oversight responsibility has been timely and truthful. We will continue to respond to the DHS-OIG and Congressional inquiries in that manner,” Donovan said in a statement. “We will not respond specifically to anonymous allegations that have lingered since the beginning of this investigation that are either without merit, grossly inaccurate or blatantly false.”

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Secret Service Dir: No Sensitive Info Compromised in Hooker-Gate

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel

The Director of the U.S. Secret told Sen. Chuck Grassley that his agents did not compromise any sensitive information during the visit to Colombia that involved booze and hookers.

“The Secret Service has no information to suggest that sensitive information was compromised during the Colombia trip,” Director Mark Sullivan wrote in a letter to Grassley dated May 1.

“The Secret Service can speak to the investigation

into the conduct of Secret Service personnel. We would defer to the Department of Defense and the White House on matters related to their respective personnel.”


Secret Service Employee Dies While Fighting a Fire in Baltimore County

Mark Falkenhan/baltimore co. photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — An Emergency Services specialist for U.S. Secret Service died Wednesday while fighting a four-alarm fire as a Lutherville, Md., volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County.

Mark G. Falkenhan, 43, a four year employee of the Secret Service, died in a blaze, which was called in as a kitchen fire around at 6:18 p.m.,  according to a press release from the Baltimore County Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue. The fire quickly escalated.

“On Wednesday evening, January 19, the U.S. Secret Service lost not only a dedicated employee, but a close friend, colleague and public servant,” U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said in a statement.

“Mark is one of many Secret Service employees who volunteer their off-duty time to local fire and emergency rescue departments. Mark’s devotion to public service was indicative of the strength of character he possessed and we share in the grief of his loss.”

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President and VP Doing a Heck of a Lot of International Travel Compared With Other Administrations


Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden haven’t been shy about traveling out of the country.

Mark Sullivan, the director of the U.S. Secret Service, told a Congressional panel Thursday morning that President Obama went on 31 international trips in his first year in office, a “significant increase when compared to previous administrations’ first year in office.”

He said Biden had traveled on 21 international trips his first year compared to Vice President Cheney’s one trip.

Sullivan, who appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee to discuss the agency’s budget, also noted that threats against President Obama “are at the same level they were for the last two administrations at this point in their administrations.”

On the issue of  travel,  Wikipedia says that the first six presidents to travel internationally went by ship.

” The first four presidential trips by airplane were the four WWII conferences: Casablanca, Tehran, Yalta (FDR attended during the war), and Potsdam (Truman attended after the war). President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to travel by jet and the first to travel via helicopter,” the online encylopedia wrote.

Washington Post Reader Defends Secret Service Dir. Mark Sullivan After Party Crashing Incident

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has taken his share of lumps over the party crashing incident at the White House involving the now famous Salahis.

In fact, some observers say he looked worn out when he recently went before Congress to testify on the matter and took blame for it all.

But Sullivan, who became director under President Bush in 2006,  still has his fair share of  supporters including Washington Post reader Toni Marsh of Montgomery Village, Md., who wrote a letter to the editor, which the paper published on Thursday.

Here it is:

“Regarding the Dec. 21 Style story on the White House gate crashers, “After the breach, gatekeeping of another sort”:

“Exactly one man has stepped forward like an adult and taken full, on-the-record responsibility for anything relating to the Salahis’ appearance at a White House state dinner, and that man is Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. Every other person, from members of the White House staff on down, has obfuscated, evaded, hedged and hidden behind anonymity. Mr. Sullivan has been the epitome of class, responsibility and maturity since the start of this story, and the president is fortunate to have a man like him at the helm of his security operation.”

Latest Book Review: Current and Ex-Secret Service Agents Revealed a Lot of Gossip About Presidents


This book on the Secret Service is continuing to touch nerves inside and outside the agency. Some current and former Secret Service agents are disturbed that current and former agents disclosed secrets that should have remained secret. Here’s the latest review of Ronald Kessler’s new book: “IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE:  Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect”

By James Bamford
The Washington Post Outlook Section

A few blocks from the White House, on the busy corner of H and 9th streets, stands a bland, unnamed, nine-story office building. On a wall in the lobby, large silver letters spell out the words “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.”

That is the motto of the Secret Service, and the anonymous tan-brick building is the agency’s headquarters. “The phrase,” said former director Lewis C. Merletti, “is the absolute heart and soul of the United States Secret Service. . . . And it must never be compromised.” Lest they forget, all agents have the motto emblazoned on their IDs.

But in light of an odd decision by the current director, Mark Sullivan, the motto should be changed to “Have You Heard This One?” During the Bush administration, hoping for some good, ego-enhancing publicity, Sullivan broke with his agency’s long-standing policy of absolute silence and allowed Ronald Kessler to get an earful.

The chief Washington correspondent for, which bills itself as “the #1 conservative news agency online,” Kessler had written very positive books about CIA Director George Tenet, first lady Laura Bush and President George W. Bush, and Sullivan was probably hoping for the same treatment.

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The FBI Clashes With U.S. Secret Service Just For Fun

Mueller (left) and Sullivan

Mueller (left) and Sullivan

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON – Competition between the FBI and U.S. Secret Service over the years hasn’t always been playful.
But this past Saturday it definitely was.
The two agencies squared off in a hockey game before a standing-room only crowd at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., the practice rink of the Washington Capitals.
The game raised $9,000 for the family of Sam Hicks, the Pittsburgh FBI agent who was fatally shot last fall while serving a search warrant.  And oh yes, the FBI won 5-4 in overtime.
FBI Director Robert Mueller III skated on to the ice in an FBI hockey Jersey with Hick’s name on the back. U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan, wearing a Secret Service hockey jersey, joined his team in warm ups, according to the FBI.
The two agencies had just worked elbow-to-elbow on the intense presidential inauguration.