3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The U.S. Secret Service says three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for disciplinary reasons on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Secret Service says three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for disciplinary reasons on Sunday.

That was the day before President Barack Obama was to arrive in the Netherlands.

A person familiar with the situation says one agent was found intoxicated by staff at a hotel, who reported it to the U.S. Embassy. The person says the other two agents were complicit because they didn't assist or tamp down the agent's behavior. The person wasn't authorized to discuss details of the situations on the record and demanded anonymity.

The Washington Post first reported the incident. It comes as the elite agency is working to repair its reputation for prevalent misconduct.

The Secret Service says the incident hasn't compromised Obama's security. Obama left the Netherlands late Tuesday for Brussels.


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