Dania Suarez, one of the alleged prostitutes caught in the scandal surrounding the U.S. Secret Service, reportedly told a Colombian radio program that the agent who had hired her left his luggage and papers exposed in the hotel room where he was staying and where he had taken her. Suarez said if she had been a spy, she could have easily removed his papers.
The Colombian prostitution scandal came to light on April 13 after a fight between Suarez and an agent. Twelve agents, including two supervisors, were implicated and about a dozen military personnel involved had their security clearance suspended.
ColombiaReports.com reported that in a joint interview with Caracol TV and W Radio on Friday, Suarez, a 24-year-old single mother, said the agents got totally drunk at a strip club in Cartagena. They were in the city to provide advance security before President Barack Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas meeting.
They were drinking alcohol like it was water, she said. They were really drunk, acting crazy.
Suarez also admitted she got close to an agent who was good-looking and very nice. She said the agent didn't seem to be looking for a prostitute but that I found him.
They negotiated to have sex and agreed on the price of $800.
Suarez, who is said to be negotiating a deal with Playboy and Hustler magazines, said the agent was a changed person the next day. He offered her $30 instead, which caused the confrontation at the Hotel Caribe. The incident caught the attention of the hotel manager and local police.
According to ABC News, when Suarez was asked if she could have removed his papers had she been a spy, she replied, Absolutely, absolutely.
Clearly, in those moments, if I had wanted to, obviously, I could have done so, she added.
Suarez recently emerged from hiding after her photos were exposed last month. Her lawyer told the New York Daily News at the time that the exposure caused her stress.
Prostitution is legal in Colombia.
She didn't break any law, Suarez's lawyer Marlon Betancourt told the Daily News. She didn't do anything wrong.
Concerns Among U.S. Lawmakers
When the scandal broke several U.S. lawmakers expressed concerned about the safety of the president and whether the agents could be victims of blackmail.
However, during a hearing last month, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said Obama's safety wasn't at risk.
She also told lawmakers that if the prostitutes had been connected with networks or agencies opposing America, there could have been risks.
Napolitano said the incident was a huge disappointment and that the conduct of the agents was unacceptable.
It was wrong, she said.