Government Hooker Scandal Spreads to Brazil

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta found himself in Brazil this week (maybe he flew straight from his California home this time?) facing questions about an altercation between several Marines stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, an embassy employee and two local prostitutes in December.

Voice of America describes the incident:

An unidentified U.S. Defense official said the Marines and a U.S. Embassy employee picked up two prostitutes at a nightclub in Brasilia and had a dispute over payment while in a car. Another official said one of the women was pushed out of the car and suffered a broken collar bone.

One of the women involved hired an attorney after news spread of a payment dispute between members of the Secret Service and a Colombian escort in Cartagena earlier this month. While Secretary Panetta insisted he had “no tolerance for that kind of conduct,” he could only offer that the unidentified Marines and embassy employee were no longer in Brazil, reduced in rank and “severely punished.” Hopefully they weren’t sent to Gitmo, but with no word from the Defense or State Departments on what exactly happened or who was involved, any hope of government transparency remains with the hooker’s legal recourse.

As for the Secret Service incident in Cartagena and any possible involvement by White House officials, Press Secretary Jay Carney assures us there was none. Fast work by the White House!

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  • 0x90||

    I guess DC hookers must be more submissive, and/or cheaper to begin with.

  • Hugh Akston||

    They know who they're dealing with, and that there will be no investigation if they turn up missing.

  • ||

    Yeah, you have to be an intern to actually raise hackles.

    Pol > Intern > live boy > dead girl > dead hooker

    It's a sad set of affairs.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I wonder whether Clinton brought any prostitutes into the White House? I mean, he got food from the McDonald's on 17th, so he clearly favored local businesses. Maybe presidents using the SS to procure whores has had residual effects on the procurers?

  • ||

    Are you suggesting human beings can actually co-opt and incorporate behaviors that are constantly paraded in front of them? Are you defining deviancy down? I don't buy it.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's about job security, not the personal morality of the SS agents. If they think they've got to be totally professional and untainted, then that's how they'll act.

  • tarran||

    What would provide worse service:

    a) Prostitutes in a society where prostitution is prohibited?
    b) Prostitutes in a society where they all are employed by the government?

    Discuss! :)

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    b) Prostitutes in a society where they all are employed by the government?

    That pretty much defines politicians

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    Actually the politicians are the pimps and the taxpayer the prostitute who has to give up the money and the honey to the pimp and the rent seeker.

  • Ed||

    Katt Williams on government pimping... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NujNBjiE4G4

  • SugarFree||

    b) would be worse, because of union seniority rules [shudder]

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Leave it to SF to find an angle on any topic that will make you nauseous.

  • ||

    GILFS? The horror...the horror.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    I used to live with a guy whose job it was to summarize and review movies for the big yellow book in Blockbuster and other movie databases. At one point he was assigned to the adult video beat. When the company went out of business, all of the videos that previously got mailed to the office, got sent to where we lived instead. The horror of GILF's doesn't even begin to describe some of that stuff. the fucking Germans are some sick bastards.

  • Aresen||

    OFFS.

  • Tonio||

    See, we're just uncovering a vast communist conspiracy to sap and impurify the precious bodily fluids of our fine servicemen and federal agents. /Grassley

    Side to whoever dinged me yesterday on this: Yes, it's possible that some or all of these girls are working for the Russkies, and certainly the Russians still keep tabs on us as we doubtlessly do on them. However, Sen Chuck offered no evidence that the women were intelligence assets for anyone. His speculation would have been less risible if he'd have merely speculated that they were foreign agents without specifying a country.

  • ||

    He knew, Tonio, because they claimed to be making big trouble for moose and squirrel. You can't get much more obvious than that. Also, I just watched House last night and his extremely hot Russian fake-green-card-wife affected my brain.

  • ||

    Ukrainians are much better. Also, Tonio you forgot (Senile, IA). That one never gets old, (as opposed to Chuckles).

  • Tim||

    Marines embody the American Ideal, and as we all know, sex isn't one of them.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    This is my rifle, this is my gun...

  • Rich||

    Heh. Tim said "embody".

  • DJF||

    Government will fix this with a new tax policy.

    For every three sex acts that a hooker performs, one must be free to a government worker. That would be a 33% tax.

  • DJF||

    Sorry correction, that should read 'government employee' since many don't actually work.

  • Aresen||

    Usually it takes longer for someone to mention beastiality on a thread.

  • ||

    Sex with animals?!? There's no time, man!

  • Aresen||

    Sex with government employees.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    It's no wonder that we're almost always within an inch of war with Brazil.

  • Tim||

    Barely a thong's width.

  • Kroneborge||

    I'm still wondering why this is news again, who cares if they are fucking hookers (although pushing one out of a car is wrong of course)

  • T||

    After the whole Moscow debacle, they get a little grumpy when the Marines screw hookers.

  • R C Dean||

    If you don't want your embassy guards banging hookers, you probably shouldn't use Marines to guard your embassy.

  • T||

    True enough, but it's hard to get enough eunuchs these days for palace duty.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "I just slept with three Brazilian hookers."

    "Wow - how much is a brazillion?"

  • ChrisO||

    /thread.

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