Secret Service Director: There’s No Culture of Debauchery

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A Secret Service watches as Marine One passes the Washington monument while approaching the South Lawn of the White House with US President Barack Obama on board March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama was returning from a two-day trip to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio where he stumped the economy and energy.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2012 Getty Images

Testifying before Congress on Wednesday about the agency's Colombia prostitution scandal, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan disputed the unflattering allegations about the agency contained in a Washington Post story published Tuesday, calling out the paper for relying on "numerous anonymous sources." The Post quoted unnamed sources who said that the agency condones its members having flings during their various travels under an "unwritten code" that's all part of the “Secret Circus." Sullivan added that only two of the dismissed agents are seeking to overturn their resignations, rather than four cited by the Post. The director also apologized for the agents who "did some really dumb things." Just to be clear, he's talking about the guy who refused to pay the prostitute her full wage.