3 Agents Survive Inquiry

    View of the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia on April 19, 2012, where US Secret Service agents stayed earlier this month and would have taken hired prostitutes. The White House expressed confidence in the chief of the US Secret Service, but the elite bodyguard unit's Colombian sex scandal deepened, with claims that 20 women were involved. More agents will be forced out of the Secret Service as early as Thursday, a US lawmaker said, as the White House warned foes not to "politicize" the prostitution scandal blighting the agency. On the eve, three of the elite presidential protection agency's 11 employees involved were forced to leave.     AFP PHOTO/Manuel Pedraza (Photo credit should read MANUEL PEDRAZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Of the dozen Secret Service members implicated in the Colombian prostitution scandal, three appear to have survived. The Secret Service announced yesterday that three employees would remain, six have resigned, two have been dismissed, and one has retired. But the inquiry is revealing a more complicated story than it initially seemed. While some Secret Service members knowingly took prostitutes back to their rooms, officials tell The New York Times that one officer wasn't aware the woman was a prostitute, and told her to leave when he found out. Another took home a woman who wasn't a prostitute at all. One official says Secret Service rules for misconduct are “kind of vague” when it comes to picking up women in a foreign country. “They said they would have to get back to us on that, and they haven’t.”

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