US Secret Service probes El Salvador sex allegations

Mật vụ Mỹ đang điều tra thăm dò các cáo buộc bê bối tình dục tại El Salvador

26 April 2012 Last updated at 22:40 ET

The US Secret Service says it is investigating allegations that (các cáo buộc rằng) some of its agents paid for strippers (vũ nữ) and prostitutes (gái điếm) in El Salvador.

An advance presidential security team (toán nhân viên an ninh tiền trạm phục vụ tổng thống) is reported to have paid for sexual favours in a strip club (câu lạc bộ thoát y vũ) in 2011.

Democratic Congressman (nghị sĩ đảng Dân chủ) Elijah Cummings said the Secret Service (Sở Mật vụ) director had not yet found anything “credible”.

The allegations come in the wake of (ngay sau khi xảy ra) a sex scandal involving (có liên quan đến) Secret Service and military personnel (các nhân viên quân sự) in Colombia.

Eight US agents have left (ra khỏi cộng tác) the service over the Colombia allegations, in which Americans were found with as many as (có đến) 20 women, thought to be (được cho là) prostitutes, at a Cartagena hotel.

The agents were part of a team preparing for a visit by Mr Obama to the Summit of the Americas (hội nghị thượng đỉnh các nước châu Mỹ) earlier this month (hồi đầu tháng này).

Another 12 military personnel are also under investigation (đang bị điều tra) and have had their security clearance revoked (bị thu hồi quy chế bảo mật danh tính).

‘Inexcusable’ – Không thể dung thứ

Mr Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Ủy ban Cải cách Chính quyền và Giám sát Hạ nghị viện), spoke to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan by phone on Thursday as the latest allegations emerged (xuất hiện, lộ diện, được đưa ra), he told reporters.

The night at the Cartagena hotel became public (bị lộ ra) after a row over money (việc tranh cãi về tiền bạc) 

“[The director] had not found anything credible, but he’s still looking into it,” Mr Cummings said.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan used similar language (cũng đưa ra các phát biểu tương tự), telling the Associated Press: “Any information brought to our attention that can be assessed as credible will be followed up on (được theo dõi sát sao) in an appropriate manner (đúng mực, đích đáng).”

US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also confirmed that her agency is looking into the El Salvador story (câu chuyện, vụ việc), reported by Seattle-based TV station KIRO-TV.

The report included allegations that US embassy officials (các viên chức tòa đại sứ) also visited the strip club.

“Obviously, we will inquire (điều tra, xét hỏi) of our embassy in San Salvador with regard to the conduct of our own employees,” Ms Nuland said. “But the article alleges that they attended the establishment (cơ sở này), not that they engaged in any illegal or unsanctioned  (không được phép)conduct.”

Senator Joseph Lieberman said on Thursday that he was disappointed to hear new allegations, and plans to hold hearings into (tổ chức cuộc điều trần về vấn đề) whether the reports indicate a pattern of behaviour. (lề thói hành vi đã xảy ra nhiều lần)

“I keep running into people who say (tôi luôn gặp nhiều người nói rằng)  they have talked to agents who tell them of misconduct of this kind over the years,” (đã nhiều năm qua) Mr Lieberman said.

In testimony to a Senate panel (ra xác minh trước ủy ban thượng viện) on Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary  (Bộ trưởng An ninh Nội địa) Janet Napolitano said President Barack Obama’s safety had not been at risk, but that the misconduct (hành vi sai trái) was “inexcusable ((không thể dung thứ)“.

On Thursday, US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee told CNN that the Secret Service was planning rule changes (sửa đổi về nội qui) in response to (để đối ứng với) the Colombia scandal.

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