EX-SECRET SERVICE AGENTWS HIT BOOK
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