CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – An El Salvador Secret Service scandal is now prompting an San Salvador investigation by U.S. officials. Dania Suarez (photos below) is assisting U.S. officials with their investigation of the Colombia Secret Service scandal. But now officials are looking to interview women in San Salvador for a second, separate investigation. This time, Secret Service, FBI, and DEA agents are being linked in a pay-for-play scandal, while on duty, in El Salvador’s city of San Salvador.
The El Salvador Secret Service scandal was broke exclusively last night by CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. A source told the news station that several agents got drunk in March 2011 while on duty preparing for President Obama’s visit to San Salvador. The agents allegedly patronized a local “dancing” establishment; there the agents allegedly got “wasted”. Then, when the evening was over, the agents allegedly were spotted bringing “paid” women back to their hotel room.
When the witness asked the agents about the matter, the agents allegedly told the witness that they engage in such activities while on duty “all the time” and “not to worry about it”. The source did not reveal the names of the agents.
This week, Barack Obama defended the Secret Service. Moreover, he told news that it was only a “couple of knuckleheads” who were involved in the alleged wrongdoing.
But officials disagree. Some believe that that Colombia scandal in Cartagena may have involved several dozen agents from different U.S. agencies. Officials have yet to comment about how many possible agents were involved in this second scandal.
Moreover, many have been critical of the Secret Service’s inability to police its own agent’s actions on Facebook.
This week, Facebook photos of David Chaney were revealed to have been online since 2008. At the time, Chaney was protecting Sarah Palin during her bid for vice president. While agents are precluded from revealing their assignments publically, Chaney allegedly posted to Facebook his name, his assignment to Palin, and indications of where he was protecting her.
He also posted comments about Palin personally. “I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean?” He then “jokingly” calls himself Palin’s “stalker”.
While Colombian ordinances permitted the exchange of services for payment, the Secret Service’s code strictly prohibits such activities. Officials have yet to tell news about their investigative efforts in San Salvador.