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April 17th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Inside the world of the Secret Service – former agent Dan Bongino explains, says Colombia scandal is 'disgraceful'

This morning, 11 Secret Service agents have had their security clearances yanked after allegations that they brought prostitutes back to their hotel in Colombia last week, one day before President Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas.

This rendezvous, which also involves at least 10 military personnel, went sour when an agent allegedly refused to pay one of the women.

According to the Washington Post, Secret Service agents allegedly paid $60 for prostitutes at a strip club, and the dispute began over an additional $170 fee. While prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia, it is still considered a breach of the agency's code of conduct. New York Congressman Peter King tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer this a dangerous offense.

Dan Bongino, former secret service agent serving under three presidential administrations and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, explains the strains that Secret Service agents face on the job. He says he's not excusing these particular agents' behavior, but goes on to explain the stress of working in the service.

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