(CNN) – Secret Service agents assigned to a Washington investigative team were asked to monitor the safety of an aide to the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported Sunday, though the duties of the agents and the length of observation were disputed by a Secret Service spokesman.
The Post, in an article citing three people familiar with the operation, reported that agents within the service’s “Prowler” program went twice per day to the Maryland home of Lisa Chopey, the assistant to then-Director Mark Sullivan. In its article, the newspaper said the “Prowler” agents were diverted from patrolling the White House perimeter to instead check in on Chopey’s wellbeing.
(CNN) - It seems at this point to be an honest mistake.
That's what a source tells CNN's Michelle Kosinski about Tuesday's security breach that resulted in a White House lockdown.
Washington (CNN) - An internal government review released Friday found no "widespread" misconduct or inappropriate behavior among U.S. Secret Service employees, after concerns were raised in Congress about the agency's disciplinary controls following a prostitution scandal.
The 145-page report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general noted isolated cases of unethical conduct among Secret Service workers, on or off duty, which raised broader security concerns. It recommended 14 guidelines to deal with future problems.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.
The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.
(CNN) - Five decades after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, President Barack Obama reflected Friday on the Kennedy family legacy.
And as the nation remembered the tragic day, Obama said "thankfully" his own safety does not weigh heavily on his mind.
(CNN) - Two Secret Service supervisors on President Barack Obama's protective detail are under investigation for alleged misconduct, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the internal Secret Service investigation told CNN's John King.
The details were first reported in the Washington Post Wednesday night.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making a bomb threat near the White House, according to the Secret Service and Washington's Metropolitan Police Department.
Krzysztof Wasik, 44, of Hazel Township, Pennsylvania, walked up to a White House gate Wednesday morning and told guards he had a bomb in his vehicle that was set to explode, police said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Julia Pierson was sworn in Wednesday as the first female director of the Secret Service in its 148-year history. She took the standard federal oath administered by Vice President Joe Biden with President Obama holding the Bible in the Oval Office.
"As Joe Biden pointed out, this person now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses, and I couldn't be placing our lives in better hands," Obama told reporters after the swearing-in.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Service, a White House official told CNN on Tuesday.
Pierson has been the chief of staff to the director since August 2008. She began her career as a special agent in 1983 in the Miami field office.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Secret Service and FBI are investigating how personal information purported to relate to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former first lady Hillary Clinton ended up on an Internet site, officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how much of the information was accurate and whether it was obtained through hacking or by scrutinizing public records.
Asked about the hacking in an interview Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn't confirm the details of the incident, but said "we should not be surprised that if you've got hackers who want to dig in and devote a lot of resources, that they can access peoples' private information. It is a big problem."