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Security Clearance Yanked for Military in Secret Service Sex Scandal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveling to South America.
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Above: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveling to South America.

The Department of Defense has suspended the security clearance of the U.S. service members involved in the Columbia sex scandal, according to the Associated Press.

Reuters reports that of the eleven service members under investigation for participation in the scandal, six are soldiers, one is in the Air Force, two are Marines, and two are in the Navy.

The AP reported last week that the Marines and Sailors implicated in the scandal are based in San Diego.

It's not known which of the eleven service members actually had security clearance.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today:

“My biggest concern is the issue of security and what could possibly have been jeopardized by virtue of this kind of behavior."

Coincidentally, Panetta was en route to Columbia when he briefed reporters about the security status suspension.

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