Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Secret Service Files Raise Concern

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Secret Service Files Raise Concern

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WASHINGTON -- Secret Service agents and officers have been accused of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior, according to internal government reports reviewed by The Associated Press on Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how many of the accusations turned out to be true.

The new disclosures of so many serious accusations since 2004 lend weight to concerns expressed by Congress that the Secret Service prostitution scandal in April in Colombia exposed a culture of misconduct within the agency. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan apologized for the incident during a hearing in May but insisted that what happened in Colombia was an isolated case.

The heavily censored list, which runs 229 pages, was quietly released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to The Associated Press and other news organizations following the prostitution scandal. It describes accusations filed against Secret Service employees with the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.

Romney launches tour

STRATHAM, N.H. -- Mitt Romney returned Friday to the picturesque farm where he launched his presidential campaign a year ago to declare an end to "the era of big government" and to offer himself as the leader to steer the country to better times.

As he kicked off a five-day bus tour across six battleground states, Mr. Romney cast President Barack Obama as "detached and distant" from the struggling people he has met on factory floors, break rooms and diners across the country.

Murder suspect kills self

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A former Army weapons expert wanted for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

After a two-day nationwide manhunt, police found Timothy Jorden's body Friday in thick brush a half-mile from his Lake Erie shoreline home. …

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