The US Secret Service (US Department of Homeland Security) tried to pump up the Colombian economy and things went horribly wrong, ending the careers of three agents and leading to the security clearance suspensions of eight more.
Of the 11 Secret Service members involved in the Colombia prostitution case, 3 left the Secret Service. 1 was fired, 1 retired, and 1 resigned. And the most interesting part of all, is that none of them apparently violated Secret Service rules. Prostitution is legal in Colombia. The civil dispute between the prostitute and a Secret Service Agent that set off the firestorm is not illegal either. And there are no rules governing legal off-duty behavior for Secret Service or US Military personnel.
Rule 5 Section: Photo (LINK) from the Daily Mail (UK) of one of the female companions, offered $800 and paid $30 by a (cheap) US Secret Service Agent. If the agent had just paid her, none of this would have come to light.
In a related story, allegedly former President William J. (Bill) Clinton offered to head up the probe of prostitutes in Colombia. As both a Democrat and a man of the world, Clinton was judged by many to be perfect to probe completely and comprehensively in Colombia.
I expect it will be a vigorous investigation.
Opus – Where something is as important as this probe would seem to be, in-depth, vigorous effort is required to find out what sort of perversions were going on. I expect that there should be a survey at a number of local brothels to determine whether or not they are frequented by spies. An adequate budget for this sort of 'undercover' investigation should be appropriated by Congress.
Go get em Bill.
WoFat – He OFFERED $800 before he received the service. That doesn't reflect on the value of the service since he lowered the offer to $30 AFTER it they completed their meeting…
He reportedly tried to get her to agree to accept 250 at one point during the disagreement. I suspect this is all he had in his wallet. Which he full well knew earlier, when agreeing to the 800 price. Something does not add up.
Opus – It's possible that more than one guy thought to go in together on the $800 and then things changed at some point during the evening.
Though at this point, I think that it's fair to say that the Secret Service Agents, the Green Berets and misc. other military service members and all are suffering a bad case of buyer's remorse (caveat emptor).
Per diem in Cartajena is $107, that should have been the starting point of all negotiations…the problem for both parties was that State determines foreign rates, GSA determines CONUS – then we would have been closer to the $800…
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