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But Capitol Hill Blue has learned that while some were prostitutes, others were women the men picked up in the bar of the hotel.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says 11 agents and 10 male members of the military told different stories about the women who came to their rooms for sex. Some of the women were apparently prostitutes. Others were locals they met in the bar.
Either way, the active libidos of both the secret service agents and military personnel created what some felt was a serious breach of security and a potential threat to the safety of President Obama. Published reports say Obama’s travel schedule was in the room and available for anyone to see during the evening of sex and drinking.
“That is a serious matter,” says one retired agent, who asked not to be identified. “It represents a breach in protocol that is clearly against the standard operating procedure of the Secret Service.”
But others suggest partying hard and sampling the pleasures of willing bed partners is business as usual for the agents charged with protecting the President.
“High stress occupations lead to excessive behavior to relieve that stress,” says occupational psychologist Dr. Stanley Goodwin.
Sullivan said Tuesday he has turned the matter over to an independent government investigator. The 11 agents were stripped of their security clearances, badges and guns pending the outcome of that investigation. They remain on paid administrative leave.