Dania secret service scandal
This is the woman who threw the Secret Service into crisis when she fought with an agent who slept with her at a Colombian hotel but then refused to hand over the $800 they had agreed upon.According to the New York Daily News, she is a single mother known only as 'Dania'.Her identity was revealed as the names of two of the Secret Service supervisors involved in the scandal came to light last night.David Chaney was forced to retire over his alleged role in the incident, while Greg Stokes was 'removed with cause'.
Another agent resigned after being suspended as part of the investigation into the scandal.One of the three agents to have left the service so far apparently plans to sue the agency over his treatment in the aftermath of the prostitution scandal, which has made headlines around the world.The two supervisors who have left the service in the wake of the revelations were named as Stokes and Chaney by CBS News on Thursday evening.
Stokes, who could appeal his sacking in the next 30 days, is apparently head of the agency's Canine Training Section.The men were identified soon after as 'Dania,' the mother of a 9-year-old son, broke her silence.
Speaking about the tawdry episode that has seen three agents ousted from their posts after a wild night of partying in Cartagena last week, a 24-year-old high-end escort claims she was offered $30 - a fraction of her $800 fee - for a night with one of the men.
'I tell him, 'Baby, my cash money,' she recalled in an interview with The New York Times, recounting a heated exchange that has wrecked the agency's reputation and become an election year embarrassment for President Barack Obama.The news came today as the Secret Service says three employees have been ousted in the wake of questionable behaviour at the Hotel Caribe last week, with some now under investigation for possible drug use, ABC News reports.
New details of the sordid night emerged Wednesday as a single mother and self-described prostitute told The New York Times that she met an agent at a discotheque, believed to be the PleyClub, in Cartagena and after a night of drinking.'They never told me they were with Obama,' she said, calling the men 'very discreet'.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, said she and one of the agents agreed the agent would pay her $800 for sex at the hotel.The next morning, when the hotel's front desk called because the woman hadn't left, the pair argued over the price.
In an interview in Colombia, she said the two argued after the agent initially offered to pay her about $30 and the situation escalated, eventually ending with Colombian law enforcement involved. She said she was eventually paid about $225.Days later, she said a friend told her the argument had made the news, and to her shock, she discovered the man was a Secret Service agent.'I'm scared,' she said, adding that she did not want the man in question to be reprimanded, and fears retaliation, the Times reports.
In the first casualties claimed in wake of the incident, the Secret Service announced today three agents are leaving the service, even as separate U.S. government investigations are under way.
The Secret Service did not identify the three agents leaving the government or eight more it said remain on administrative leave.The agents were implicated in the prostitution scandal in Colombia that also involved about 10 military service members and as many as 20 women. All the Secret Service employees who were involved had their security clearances revoked.
'These are the first steps,' said Representative Pete King, R-New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees the Secret Service. King said the agency's director, Mark Sullivan, took employment action against 'the three people he believes the case was clearest against.' But King warned: 'It's certainly not over.'King said the agent set to be fired would sue. King said Sullivan had to follow collective bargaining rules but was 'moving as quickly as he can. Once he feels the facts are clear, he's going to move.'
In Washington and Colombia, separate U.S. government investigations were already under way. King said he has assigned four congressional investigators to the probe. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, sought details of the Secret Service investigation, including the disciplinary histories of the agents involved. Secret Service investigators are in Colombia interviewing witnesses.
The episode took a sharp political turn when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would fire the agents involved.
Romney told radio host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday that 'I'd clean house' at the Secret Service.
'The right thing to do is to remove people who have violated the public trust and have put their play time and their personal interests ahead of the interests of the nation,' Romney said.While Romney suggested to Ingraham that a leadership problem led to the scandal, he told a Columbus, Ohio, radio station earlier that he has confidence in Sullivan, the head of the agency.
'I believe the right corrective action will be taken there and obviously everyone is very, very disappointed,' Romney said. 'I think it will be dealt with (in) as aggressive a way as is possible given the requirements of the law.'When asked, the Romney campaign would not say whether he had been briefed on the situation or was relying upon media reports for details.At least 10 military personnel who were staying at the same hotel are also being investigated for misconduct.
Two U.S. military officials have said they include five Army Green Berets. One of the officials said the group also includes two Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians, two Marine dog handlers and an Air Force airman. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles that agency's internal affairs, is investigating, and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general also has been notified.Sullivan, who this week has briefed lawmakers behind closed doors, said he has referred to the case to an independent government investigator.
Colonel Scott Malcom, a spokesman of U.S. Southern Command, which organized the military team assigned to support the Secret Service's mission in Cartagena, said Wednesday that an Air Force colonel is leading the military investigation and arrived in Colombia with a military lawyer Tuesday morning.The troops are suspected of violating curfews set by their commanders.'They were either not in their room or they showed up to their room late while all this was going on or they were in their room with somebody who shouldn't be there,' Malcom said.
Lawmakers have called for a thorough investigation and have suggested they would hold oversight hearings, though none has yet been scheduled. The incident is expected to come up next week on Wednesday when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a previously scheduled oversight hearing.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that for now, he is interested in what actually happened. He did not address how much responsibility Obama should bear for the scandal or whether Congress should hold hearings on it.