April 25th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Secret Service still digging for information in Cartagena

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Secret service may have swiftly determined the fate of a dozen of its members caught up in the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, but spokesman Edwin Donovan tells CNN their investigation is not over.

“We still have folks on the ground in Cartagena,” Donovan said.

One day after president Obama praised the agency on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” but referred to those involved in the scandal as “knuckleheads,” USSS investigators are still working to piece together more details.

“Interviews and corroborative interviews continue,” Donovan said.

Nine of the twelve service members who were under investigation have left or are being forced out of the agency.

In a statement Tuesday, Assistant Director Paul Morrissey stressed their commitment to conducting a thorough investigation and vowed the agency would “not hesitate to take appropriate action should any additional information come to light.”

Meanwhile, officials from the military are briefing the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday on the status of their investigation.

– CNN's Mike Mount contributed to this report 


soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Hermine Scates

    Why did this have to happen on this President term? We do not need this with any President,and this one for sure.Clean up the mess.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  2. demogoat

    They must want DNA from the girls panties.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  3. wjeri

    It is very common (about 90%) of US Government worker cheat overseas. What happens in the field stays in the field is the motto. With clearances? Even with the highest, one rendezvous with a foreign national is ok. Twice you have to report it. This is nothing new at all.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  4. Glyn Williams

    Get over it... Some of these guys were army! Geez when the US has it's shore leave in Thailand they do it at Pattaya and Patong Beach Phuket. Both of these destinations are well known for sex tourism. Hundreds of extra girls come into town to service the demand. So this is nothing new to the US government and it seems the Navy supports this type of activity and why would anyone else think it to be a big problem?

    April 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  5. Brandy

    It didnt just happen under this administration, once they check it out they will find it has happened for many years. Its not any Presidents fault, you think you have the best people who are protecting you and you probably do but even the best will slip. We dont know if women would do any better in this type of circumstance either. They put the presidents safety over their own and anyone who was involved in this or any other need to lose through job or if retired lose benefits

    April 27, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  6. Lucke

    News that did not come up in the news: Hid. Though noise keep coming up...
    "Emboldened Latin America parts ways with Canada, U.S. on Cuba and drugs" check this on google and see for yourself.

    April 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  7. 2DPoint75

    So a group of Secret Service people indulges in lascivious conduct in a foreign country and the media and GOP goes ape shit on digging up all the dirt they can. The Republicans are giving this issue more attention than they are to Mitt Romney's candidacy for president (bet he is pissed). Why – oh why did we not see equal interest when the mass mortgage sub prime lending debacle was unfolded in 2007? Thus far over ONE TRILLION dollars have been bilked through fraudulence from the nation's top mortgage lending institutions and not a soul have been held accountable for it. Weigh that one on our scales of justice.

    April 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm |