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March 26, 2014

Obama Bodyguards Suspended After Drunken Binge

by VOA News

Three U.S. Secret Service agents responsible for President Barack Obama's security during his trip to Europe have been sent home after one was caught intoxicated in the Netherlands.

U.S. news outlets say the agent was discovered passed out in the hallway of an Amsterdam hotel Sunday, a day before President Obama arrived for the start of a global nuclear summit. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy about the incident, which then informed the Secret Service.

A Secret Service spokesman says the three agents have been placed on administrative leave.

The trio are members of the agency's Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack.

The Secret Service issued a set of guidelines governing agents' behavior after a 2012 incident involving a group of agents who had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia before Mr. Obama's arrival for an economic summit.

Under the new guidelines, agents are prohibited from from drinking 10 hours before officially going on duty.

An internal investigation conducted by the Homeland Security department, which oversees the Secret Service, concluded there was no widespread misconduct within the agency.