State Department union slams public disclosure of prostitution allegations

“Due process should be adhered to at all times in order to maintain the fairness and integrity of any investigation. Everyone should expect the right to privacy and the presumption of innocence during an investigation. Leaks to the press can prove devastating to those under investigation and their families, especially if the allegations prove to be unfounded.”


The AFSA went on to call on President Obama to quickly name an Inspector General for the State Department, which has been without one for five years.

The allegations were leaked to CBS by a retired investigator who said several probes by the Department's Diplomatic Security Service were shut down by department higher-ups. The investigator leaked an internal Office of Inspector General memo that detailed eight such cases, including allegations of prostitution use by former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' Poll: Biden holds slight edge on Trump in Wisconsin MORE's security detail during trips abroad and by the U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

The ambassador, Obama donor Howard Gutman, remains in place. He has vehemently denied the allegations.

“I am angered and saddened by the baseless allegations that have appeared in the press and to watch the four years I have proudly served in Belgium smeared is devastating,” Gutman said in an emailed statement. “I live on a beautiful park in Brussels that you walk through to get to many locations and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity.”

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