It appeared that the Secret Service were back toeing the line after that highly embarrassing incident in April, which saw agents losing their jobs after a wild night of partying with Colombian prostitutes.
But that, perhaps, was just wishful thinking as another humiliating incident has reared its ugly head.
On Thursday, just hours after President Obama left Miami, one of his Secret Service agents was found passed out on a Miami sidewalk and arrested.
CBS Miami reported that Aaron Francis Engler was found early Friday morning by a Miami police officer and when they try to wake him from his drunken slumber, he got belligerent — hitting the cop on the chin. Other officers were called to help restrain him.
Engler allegedly hit the bottle after the President left Miami, but the arrest prevented him from leaving town for another assignment Friday morning, the sources said told the station
He was charged with two misdemeanors, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.
He was described by those who know him in suburban Maryland as a dedicated and loyal family man, who was active in his local parish.
But it appears, that married Secret Service agent Arthur Huntington has been living a double life in more ways than one.
After being outed as the cheapskate who tried to stiff Colombian prostitute Dania Londoño Suárez out of her $800 fee, it has now emerged that this was not the first time that Huntington has cheated on his wife.
In the wake of the scandal that heaped shame upon the Secret Service and saw nine men lose their jobs and Huntington go into hiding, a Canadian women has come forward to give details of a two-day affair she had with the agent just last year.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily News on condition of anonymity she said her decision to share her story is because his wife “deserves to know because it’s not a one-time thing.”
The 42-year-old described in detail how Huntington put the moves on her at Dublin pub, Cooper Face Jacks last year.
The woman said she met the hunky Huntington at Copper’s pub during the President’s May 2011 trip to the Irish capital.
On that first night, he didn’t lure her into a love nest, but pursued her for months until they shared a two-day affair in Manhattan.
His opening line was, “You’re not getting away from me tonight,’ ” according to the dark-haired woman’s account of their intercontinental romance.
Tightwad Huntington — who paid just $28 of his $800 tab to Colombian hooker Dania Suarez — lied to the Canadian woman and insisted he was a divorced dad.
In reality, the disgraced former federal agent lived with his wife, Jolie, and their two sons in suburban Maryland, where he was active at the local Granite Baptist Church. His wife led a Bible study group there.
“She’s probably beautiful,” the woman said of Jolie.
The Canadian woman had no idea of the amorous agent’s double life when he sent her flirtatious emails, phone calls and shirtless photos.
She said she kept in touch with Huntington until shortly before he left for Colombia last month.
When she discovered the truth through media reports about Huntington, the petite, well-toned woman said,
“I was like, ‘Are you f—— kidding me?’ ”
Huntington, she said, presented himself as a lone wolf looking for love while traveling the globe for his job.
“Why is it the President is the only one that should have morals?” she said. “The people that are protecting him should be mindful of what they are doing.”
“He’s under a microscope now because he’s put himself there,” the Canadian continued. “(His) job is more than a job. It’s a responsibility.”
When Huntington was first outed, those who knew him insisted he would never cheat on his wife.
“He wouldn’t do that,” said a female relative who asked that her name not be used. “Not the Arthur that I know. He wouldn’t. They go to church every week.”
“It’s out of character — the Arthur I know, he’s very dedicated to the family, very loyal,” said Teresita Rodriguez, 65, who along with her husband Jose has known Huntington since he was a child.
Is Congressman Pete King the only man who can resist Cartagena hooker Dania Londono Suarez’s charms? It appears so.
The woman, who inadvertently brought down the Secret Service shame by their actions in Columbia this year, reportedly asked for a meeting with him in his Washington, DC office.
Rep. Peter King tells CNN that a meeting with the woman would merely be “a publicity stunt” and that he declined the proposal to avoid the inevitable media “circus” that would follow. He also inferred that she is simply seeking more media attention.
The congressman is leading investigations into the misconduct that reportedly occurred last month in advance of President Obama’s trip to Cartagena for the Summit of the Americas.
Nine Secret Service agents have lost their jobs over the scandal, but King expressed some doubts over Ms Suarez claims that she could have got access to private information regarding the President’s movements, if she wanted,
“During her interview with the Secret Service, Ms Suarez acknowledged that at no time did she have access to any sensitive information whatsoever and had no idea that she had been involved with a Secret Service agent,” King said Sunday.
She broke her silence on Friday in a Colombian radio call-in show, where she revealed that the Secret Service agents at a Cartagena disco were “acting crazy” and ”drinking alcohol like it was water”. She also admitted that Arthur Huntington, the agent at the center of the scandal, was so drunk that he passed out, leaving his secret service files opened and she could have accessed the personal information on the president.
Now, in a “Today” show exclusive, Dania Londono Suarez is revealing more details about that night, and has called the U.S. Secret Service agents “stupid brutes”, who put partying above President Barack Obama’s security.
“These seem like completely stupid, idiotic people,” Dania Londono Suarez said in the interview which aired this morning “I don’t know how Obama had them in his security force. What dumb men.”
Suarez, said she assumed the three men who approached her and her friends were tourists, and added that the agents were drinking vodka like “it was water.”
“They liked to show off their bodies, great bodies, well-defined abs,” she said. “They liked attention.”
While the agents claimed that they had never propositioned a prostitute before, Suarez said it was “obvious” this was not their first attempt.
“The way they approached us it seems obvious that they were used to doing it, because people that do this for the first time are very shy,” she said.
Suarez told NBC that she informed Huntington of her $800 fee, and that he had no qualms with the price
“And he accepted. And it was clear,” she said.
But in the morning after they had sex, Huntington gave her only $50 and ordered her out of the room, Suarez said.
Tearing up at one point, she also went on to say that Huntington actually asked her to stay with him at the hotel again when he woke up in the morning.
Suarez, who has a nine-year-old son, added that she has been approached by a book publisher and still has many details to add to the story, and NBC insists she wasn’t paid for the interview.
Eight agents have so far lost their jobs over the scandal. They are accused of professional misconduct, including hiring prostitutes, while in Cartagena, Colombia, for Obama’s visit there last month.
The scandal hit the headlines last month.
Here’s the clip from her interview on Friday, and we will post the “Today” show one a little later.
It’s the interview everyone has been wanting to hear, and today, Dania Londoño Suárez, the Colombian prostitute who sparked off the most embarrassing scandal in the Secret Service history after agent Arthur Huntington refused to pay her full fee, has spoken for the first time about what exactly occurred that night.
In a televised Colombian radio call-in show, Suárez said that Huntington and the other agents at a Cartagena disco were “acting crazy.”
“They were drinking alcohol like it was water. They were really drunk,” she said.
And in an astonishing admission, she revealed that Huntington was so drunk that he passed out, leaving his secret service files opened.
“If I was a terrorist I would have been able to do a thousand things,” she said, adding that she “absolutely” could have stolen the papers if she wanted.
She said that Huntington, a married father of two, did not appear to be looking for a call girl but that he enjoyed it when she rubbed her hands on his body as they danced.
“He was a very clumsy dancer,” she said.
The 24-year-old went on to reveal that she and more than 20 hookers followed the Americans back to their rooms at the Hotel Caribe, but that none of the girls knew that they were Secret Service agents.
When asked if she and Huntington had sex, she wouldn’t elaborate saying: “If I answer this, you will know what happened.
However, Suarez, who is said to be looking to dish all the dirt for a reported $400,000, added coyly: “If they pay me, I will tell.”
The mother-of-one did shed some light on the fight that provoked the unraveling of the Secret Service’s dirty business.
Huntington offered to pay her a measly $28 instead of her $800 fee, and she revealed exactly what went down.
“[He\] did not feel he got what he was being asked to pay for,” she said.
Suarez then ran into the hotel hallway and caused a disturbance that sent local cops running. “He told me ‘Let’s go, b—-.’”
She said the agents pleaded, “Please, please, no police, no police” — but it was too late.
She also defended her profession, which is legal in Colombia.
“I don’t need forgiveness from anybody, only God, my mother and my son,” said Suarez, who said her job allowed her to send her child to a private school.
“The only thing I wanted was for people to hear my story and hear who I am,” she said. “I’m a sensitive woman and everything that happened has affected me greatly.”
The whole world may be about the find out why Dania Londoño Suárez is worth every penny.
The 24-year-old, who found herself splashed on the front pages of publications around the globe after it was revealed that she was the prostitute who secret service agent Arthur Huntington tried to rip her by offering her a measly $28, is said to be in talks to “pose nude”
According to reports from The Miami Herald, she is negotiating a deal to bare all for either Playboy or Hustler.
She is said to have worked with photographers and is looking to sell the photos to the highest bidder.
“This is the way this is going to end,” said a Colombian official who asked not to be identified told El Nuevo Herald Tuesday.
“She’s going to pose nude in Playboy, where a renowned journalist will interview her and write an article telling the whole story of what happened,” the official told the Spanish-language paper.
Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, revealed he has pictures but has not yet finished writing the article to accompany them.
“There is a public fascination with people in the media and I have little doubt that there is a market somewhere for images like this and a personal revelation of her version of the story,” said Richard Wolf an attorney for the entertainment industry.
Theresa Hennessey, a spokeswoman for Playboy, said there are “no plans to post her pictures in the magazine.”
Despite the enormous amount of pressure he is currently under, President Obama last night unleashed his humorous side at the 98th White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where he made tongue-in-cheek references to the Secret Service Scandal, Hillary Clinton’s wild night out in Columbia, the state of the media, and naturally, his opponent, Mitt Romney.
The evening was filled with laughs and was hosted at the White House by Jimmy Kimmel.
And what we found hilarious, was that in a sea of famous faces including George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Goldie Hawn and legendary journalists Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, that Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian managed to snare an invite.
Let’s not forget that one is infamous for her constant troubles and run-ins with the law.
And the other, notably, burst into the spotlight thanks to a sex tape.
We’re still baffled by their presence there. Nevertheless, the evening was touted as a success, and here Time magazine’s has picked their favorite moments from the event.
The President focused, not surprisingly, on the still-ripe-for-wisecracks Secret Service scandal, the upcoming election and how much has changed throughout his four years in office, all with a healthy dose of humility and self-deprecation. “Four years ago, I looked like this,” he said, gesturing to a photo of his fresh and sprightly self circa 2008. “Today, I look like this,” he said, as an image of his notably wearier (and grayer) self flashed on the screen. “And four years from now, I will look like this.” Cue photo of Morgan Freeman. Here are some of his other memorable quips:
On his relationship with Hillary Clinton:
“Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.”
On news aggregation:
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard-hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day.”
On his opponent Mitt Romney and The Hunger Games:
“I guess Governor Romney is feeling pretty good about things because he took a few hours off the other day to see The Hunger Games. It’s a movie about people who court wealthy sponsors and then brutally savage each other until only one contestant is left standing. I’m sure this was a really good change of pace for him. I have not seen The Hunger Games — not enough class warfare for me.”
On a potential second term:
“In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy. In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. In my first term, we repealed the policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;’ in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, ‘It’s Raining Men.’ In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again.”
President Obama closed on a more serious note, taking a moment to honor recently-deceased journalists Anthony Shadid of the New York Times and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times. He then commended the nation’s journalists — about half of whom, it seems, were in the audience — for helping “protect our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life.” But of course, the funnyman-in-chief wedged in one more quip before exiting the stage: “I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
Kimmel soon took the stage, starting off strong with some standard jabs at the President. Some of his jokes got a rather mixed response: Attacks on high-profile Republicans like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich got polite laughs, as did his decision to equate Kim Kardashian with Osama bin Laden. (Yes, that happened.) He did fling some zingers, of course, and here are some of the best:
On President Obama’s chance at re-election:
“You know, there’s a term for guys like President Obama. Probably not two terms.”
On President Obama’s ears:
“Mr President, I know you won’t be able to laugh at any of my jokes about the Secret Service, so cover your ears, if that’s physically possible.”
On Rupert Murdoch:
“Is the Fox table laughing or did Rupert Murdoch hack all my jokes already?”
On the 2012 GOP candidates:
“Rick Santorum is out. It just wasn’t Rick’s year. Rick’s year is 1954.”
Watch the President in action last night, here….
His actions sparked one of the biggest scandals in the history of the United States Secret Service. Now, the man, who tried to pay Dania Londoño Suárez just $28 of her $800, has been identified.
Married agent, Arthur Huntington, 41,who lives in suburban Maryland, was outed by CNN as the man responsible for setting off the worldwide scandal.
That encounter with escort Dania Londoño Suárez led to police being called to the luxury Hotel Caribe, and subsequently a major Secret Service investigation was launched and nine agents lost their jobs.
Huntington has left the agency since the incident earlier this month, but the circumstances of his departure are unclear.
The father-of-two, also reportedly put his home in Severna Park on sale last week.
His outing comes as the Secret Service issued a stern warning for their agents based on the scandal in Columbia, and new details that have emerged of other incidents in El Salvador and Russia.
They have issued a new code of conduct barring heavy drinking — even when off duty — and visits to “nonreputable establishments” while on the road.
“All employees have a continuing obligation to confront expected abuses or perceived misconduct,” the agency said in a two-page memo marked “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.”
“In short, consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks.”
Sources told the Daily News the new regulations include a ban on drinking within 10 hours of reporting for duty, along with an order that off-duty agents can only drink “in moderate amounts.”
The old rule reportedly ordered agents to cut off their booze intake eight hours before work.*
“Foreign nationals, excluding hotel staff and official law enforcement counterparts, are prohibited from your hotel room,” the new rulebook states.
Nearly two weeks in, there are no signs of the scandal, that has engulfed the American Secret Service, of abating.
In fact, instead, it is getting bigger by the day as it emerges the antics of the agents visiting Cartagena, Colombia wasn’t a one-off.
Firstly, Colombia’s ambassador to the U.S. calls the media coverage “superficial, sensationalist and unfair,” and is asking the White House for a new apology. The State Department says the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did both apologize when they were in Colombia.
Now, it is emerging that the dispute over the payment of escort Dania Londono Suarez in Colombia, which sparked the controversy, has now ignited a new round of revelations, stretching to other countries.
Two weeks after the incident in Cartagena, the Secret Service is working to quickly wrap up that portion of the scandal, but the U.S. government is investigating reports of unprofessional behavior and rule-breaking by agents in four countries, going back 12 years.
On Capitol Hill, there are growing demands for an outside agency to take over the probe.
Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reported Thursday that Secret Service agents visited a strip club in El Salvador — by the vanload — in advance of President Obama’s trip there in March 2011.
The Secret Service is looking into that report. The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have reported that Secret Service personnel traveling in 2009 with former President Clinton partied at strip clubs on a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that agents and White House staffers went to a Moscow night club known for its sexually charged atmosphere prior to Mr. Clinton’s trip to Russia in 2000.
A Secret Service spokeswoman called those accusations just “rumors.”
The new allegations come soon after a hearing Wednesday in which senators were assured that the Colombia scandal was an isolated incident.
“That’s why we need thorough investigation not just by the White House, not just by DHS (Department of Homeland Security), but by Congress; that’s part of our oversight responsibilities,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “It’s an obligation we owe the American people.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the agency was taking a preliminary look into the new reports. “Any information brought to our attention that can be assessed as credible will be followed up on in an appropriate manner,” he said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president won’t pass judgment on whether there’s a pattern of misbehavior at the Secret Service until all investigations have been completed.
“When we travel abroad on official trips,” Carney said, “we are representing the people of this country, and we should do so by conducting ourselves in an appropriate manner.”
Dumb, and dumber, that’s how President Obama sees the 12 Secret Service agents who have been embroiled in a scandal of heightened levels after their wild night in Colombia became public fodder.Though he was quick to dismiss the notion that all the Secret Service Agents possess this level of stupidity, saying that the majority of their work is “incredible”.“The secret service, these guys are incredible,” the president said during a taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. “So a couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do but what these guys were thinking I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore.”Asked about the scandal that overshadowed the president’s trip to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas, President Obama noted the majority of Secret Service agents do a great job protecting him and his family.“They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect our girls,” he said. “They protect our officials all around the world. 99.9 percent of them every day, they put their life on the line. They do a great job.”Meanwhile, the scandal has made a mockery of America…. in Colombia, at least.
Colombians had riotous fun at the Americans’ expense on Twitter and Facebook, with one wag tying the charge that one of the agents had tried to shortchange one of the prostitutes with the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement whose implementation was announced just after the summit: “I don’t think any mistake was made. They thought that now that the FTA was approved there was no need to pay tariffs.”There was also a sense of indignation. “It’s pretty clear that they want to treat Latin America as a brothel,” the Colombian newsmagazine Semana quoted one tweet as saying about the U.S. agents.Now, we just await the big moment: When will Dania Londono Suarez spill the beans? It is the interview we’re all waiting for….