Top Officials at US Secret Service Demoted in Wake of Security Breach
Four senior officials in the U.S. Secret Service have been reassigned in response to a series of security lapses that embarrassed the agency responsible for protecting President Barack Obama and his family.
Acting Director Joseph Clancy issued a statement Wednesday announcing that the agency's assistant directors for investigations, protective operations, technology and public affairs were being removed from their posts.
Clancy said he made the decision based on an independent report issued last December that described the agency as starved for leadership.
The report was drafted after an Army veteran carrying a knife climbed over the White House fence back in September and ran inside the presidential mansion before he was finally subdued. An internal review concluded that bad training, poor staffing and a series of missteps contributed to the breach.
The incident led to the resignation of then-director Julia Pierson.
Kerry: US "Deeply Committed" to Bulgarian Security, Democracy
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is "deeply committed to Bulgaria's security, prosperity, and the health of its democratic institutions."
Kerry, who is on his first trip to Sofia as Secretary of State, made the comment in a joint news conference with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. He also met with President Rosen Plevneliev and foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, discussing diversification of Bulgaria's energy resources, defense cooperation, and bolstering the rule of law.
A senior State Department official said earlier that Bulgaria’s "significant" energy dependence is on the agenda because of Russia’s cancellation of the South Stream pipeline project last month.