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Eleven Secret Service agents have been recalled from Colombia and placed on administrative leave, while five military service members are confined to quarters; officials said the incident occurred before Obama's arrival in Cartagena, Colombia, and his security was never compromised.
The agency's assistant director says the employees were both special agents and Uniformed Division officers. None were assigned to directly protect Obama himself.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who received a briefing Saturday, told AP that 11 agents were involved, and that "close to" all of them had women in their hotel rooms. King said the women are "presumed to be prostitutes," but investigators are interviewing the agents.
Obama is in Colombia for this weekend's Summit of the Americas.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan declined to comment on specifics, but said that "these personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President's trip."
"There have been allegations of misconduct made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia prior to the President's trip," Donovan said in a statement.
Source: USA Today | David Jackson