The Secret Service is Down Two Agents

Secret Service Probe

Two not-so-secret Secret Service supervisors have been fired from President Obama’s crew after they engaged in “misconduct” and sexual harassment.

The alleged Secret Service misconduct involved sending suggestive e-mails to a subordinate female agent and leaving behind bullets in hotel rooms – bullets meant for protecting President Obama!

One Secret Service agent, Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor who oversaw about two dozen agents in the president’s security detail, met a woman in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House. Zamora joined her in her room and removed the ammunition from his government-issued weapon. But later he realized he had left a single bullet behind and demanded to be let back in. The woman refused and the agent was caught trying to force his way into the room, prompting an internal investigation by the Secret Service.

In another incident, investigators found that Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, had sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate.

After the results of the investigation were revealed, both agents were taken off Obama’s detail.

“We have always maintained that the Secret Service has a professional and dedicated workforce,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement, referring to the Hay-Adams incident.

Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”

Considering just last year a group of agents were caught with teenage prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia after a night of heavy drinking while supposedly working on security for Obama’s visit to the Summit of Americas, this seems pretty low-key. Maybe hiring veteran agent Julia Pierson as the Secret Service’s first female director after the Colombian prostitute scandal is paying off. Or maybe the Secret Service is just learning to be slightly more secretive about its male-dominated culture of hard partying.

Via: The Washington Post

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