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US Defence Secretary: 'Frankly, my biggest concern is the issue of security'

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has been speaking to reporters about the Colombia prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents and military personnel.

He said:

We have suspended the security clearances of individuals there, pending results of this investigation.

Frankly, my biggest concern is the issue of security and what could possibly have been jeopardized by virtue of this kind of behaviour.

We expect our people wherever they are to abide by the highest standards of conduct.

I will obviously, if asked by the people (in Colombia), give them an update on the investigation. But at this point, I'm still awaiting the results of that.

Pentagon suspends security clearances over Colombia scandal

The Pentagon has suspended security clearances of military personnel implicated in the Colombia prostitution scandal, pending the results of the investigation, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said.

US Secret Service and military personnel allegedly took as many as 21 women back to their hotel, ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the seaside city of Cartagena to attend the Summit of the Americas.

They were discovered when one woman complained about money, leading to the involvement of the local police.