Secret Service Colombia Scandal Prompts New Rules

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The US Secret Service has tightened staff guidelines in an attempt to stop any repeat of the Colombia sex scandal.

Agents traveling overseas will be banned from drinking on duty, visiting “disreputable establishments” and bringing foreigners into hotel rooms.

“Consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks,” Director Mark Sullivan reportedly told staff.

The agency will also hold ethics sessions for staff as it attempts to move on from the Cartagena episode.

Twelve Secret Service agents and several US military officers were implicated in a night of sex and drink in the Colombian port city ahead of President Barack Obama‘s visit for a regional summit earlier this month.

All 12 agency staff have now either resigned or are facing disciplinary action.

The Secret Service has also said it is investigating a report that members of another advance team visited strip clubs and paid for prostitutes in El Salvador in 2011.

A spokesman said on Thursday that no “credible” evidence had been found to back up the report.

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