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May 24th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

Ronald Kessler: Secret Service management 'condones security breaches'

Yesterday, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the agency’s prostitution scandal.

Sullivan called his agents’ behavior reckless and dumb, but argued that the scandal has nothing to do with the culture of the Secret Service.

On Starting Point this morning, Ronald Kessler, who broke the Colombian prostitution story, says that the problem in the Secret Service is "management laxness" and a management culture that condones security breaches that could "directly threaten the life of the president."

Kessler says that Secret Service agents see management “cutting corners,” so they figure that they can do the same.

“The real story is that this is a disaster waiting to happen,” Kessler says.

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