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Secret Service agents ‘fools’

A woman who says she was the prostitute who triggered the US Secret Service scandal in Colombia said Friday that the agents involved were “fools” for letting it happen, and declared that if she were a spy and sensitive information was available, she could have easily obtained it.

world Updated: May 05, 2012 22:49 IST

A woman who says she was the prostitute who triggered the US Secret Service scandal in Colombia said Friday that the agents involved were “fools” for letting it happen, and declared that if she were a spy and sensitive information was available, she could have easily obtained it.


The woman said she spent five hours in hotel room in Cartagena, Colombia, with an agent, and while she barely got cab fare out of him, she could have gotten information that would have compromised the security of United States President Barack Obama if the agent had any.

“The man slept all night,” said the woman, who was identified by her lawyer as Dania Londono Suarez. “If I had wanted to, I could have gone through all his documents, his wallet, his suitcase.”

She said in the 90-minute interview with Colombia’s W Radio conducted in Spain that no US investigator had been in touch with her, although reporters descended on her home a week after the incident when a taxi driver led them to it.

“They could track me anywhere in the world that I go but they haven’t done so,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “If the Secret Service agents were idiots, imagine the investigators.”

That alarmed a US congressman who is monitoring the case. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued a statement on Friday expressing concern that investigators “have been unable to locate and interview two of the female foreign nationals involved” including Londono.

“I have asked the Secret Service for an explanation of how they have failed to find this woman when the news media seems to have no trouble doing so.”

Eight Secret Service agents have lost their jobs in the scandal, although there is no evidence any of the 10 women interviewed by US investigators for their roles in it have any connection to terrorist groups, King said earlier this week.