Secret Service Official Urged Leaking Embarrassing Info On Congressman


A top Secret Service official urged that unflattering information in its files about a congressman ­critical of the agency should be made public, says the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, reports the Washington Post. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director. Two days later, a news website reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had applied to be a Secret Service agent in 2003 and been rejected. That information was part of a personnel file stored in a restricted Secret Service database and required by law to be kept private.

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