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An as­so­ci­a­tion of for­mer Se­cret Ser­vice agents is protest­ing pub­li­ca­tion of a new book by a for­mer agent ex­pos­ing the per­sonal foibles of Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“We strongly de­nounce any book writ­ten by for­mer or cur­rent em­ploy­ees that at­tempts to dis­credit the trust­wor­thi­ness of those charged with the pro­tec­tive mis­sion of the Se­cret Ser­vice,” the As­so­ci­a­tion of For­mer Agents of the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice said in a state­ment. “Any­time the sa­cred priv­i­lege be­tween pro­tec­tor and pro­tectee is vi­o­lated, it erodes the abil­ity to ex­e­cute the pro­tec­tive mis­sion suc­cess­fully.”

The state­ment by the as­so­ci­a­tion’s board of di­rec­tors in­cludes agents with over 200 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in the ser­vice, in­clud­ing some of the most se­nior pres­i­den­tial pro­tec­tive agents.

The for­mer agents were re­spond­ing to the forth­com­ing book “Cri­sis of Char­ac­ter” by for­mer uni­formed Se­cret Ser­vice Of­fi­cer Gary J. Byrne, set for pub­li­ca­tion June 28.

The pro­tec­tion of the pres­i­dent, first lady and first fam­ily tran­scends par­ti­san pol­i­tics, the state­ment said. Se­cret Ser­vice agents pro­vide round-the-clock pro­tec­tion for the pres­i­dent with­out re­gard for per­sonal gain or glory. Ut­most se­crecy is re­quired from agents who pro­tect the pres­i­dent and all must pro­vide pre-pub­li­ca­tion re­view be­fore pub­lish­ing books.

“We be­lieve the up­com­ing ‘tell-all’ book serves no pur­pose other than to place a di­vide within the ranks of the agency and at­tempt to erode the con­fi­dence of those pro­tected by the Se­cret Ser­vice,” the state­ment said.

Pub­lished re­ports on the book say Mr. Byrne re­veals in­ti­mate de­tails of the Clin­tons, based on his post­ings in­side the White House that in­cluded guard duty out­side the door of the Oval Of­fice.

The book is said to con­tain new dis­clo­sures of Mrs. Clin­ton en­gag­ing in “Tam­ing of the Shrew”-like rants against her hus­band, in­clud­ing throw­ing a ce­ramic vase and giv­ing the pres­i­dent a black eye.

“One must ques­tion the ve­rac­ity and con­tent of any book which im­plies that its au­thor played such an in­te­gral part of so many (claimed) in­ci­dents,” the for­mer agents said. “Any cri­tique of man­age­ment by one who has never man­aged per­son­nel or pro­grams re­sounds hol­low.”

For­mer agents op­er­ate un­der a code de­scribed as “wor­thy of trust and con­fi­dence,” a moral obli­ga­tion im­pressed on agents from ear­li­est train­ing, the state­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, Mr. Ho since 1997 worked with six U.S. uniden­ti­fied nu­clear ex­perts, many of them Chi­nese-Amer­i­can, and ar­ranged vis­its for them to China. Some were paid to sup­ply nu­clear tech­nol­ogy and in­for­ma­tion for China’s nu­clear power in­dus­try.

One email quoted in the in­dict­ment states that Mr. Ho, who was born in Tai­wan and raised in the United States, wrote to one nu­clear ex­pert stat­ing, “I am look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced fuel de­sign/man­u­fac­tur­ing/ test­ing peo­ple (across the en­tire spec­trum) for an up­com­ing project in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong. ... Re­tired or ac­tive [U.S. Com­pany 1] peo­ple are all ac­cept­able. Please help but do not openly an­nounce this news. I don’t want to alert [U.S. Com­pany 1].”

Mr. Ho tar­geted a sec­ond com­pany seek­ing the de­sign of its hard­ware and soft­ware for a core-mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

The nu­clear en­gi­neer has pleaded not guilty and sought to be re­leased on a $1 mil­lion bond. If con­victed of the nu­clear charges, he faces up to life in prison.

Fed­eral Mag­is­trate Judge Bruce Guy­ton on June 16 de­nied pre­trial re­lease for Mr. Ho over con­cerns he would flee the coun­try. The judge stated in a

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