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DEC 14, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Mandela Memorial Event Exposes How The Secret Service Is Often At The Mercy Of Foreign Governments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff was in the dark on critical details. Where would the president and first lady Michelle Obama sit? When was Obama supposed to speak? Who else would be on stage during the speech? The result was an array of confusion and security risks that typically would not be tolerated by the Secret Service in the United States. The situation showed just how the Secret Service often is at the mercy of foreign governments to make arrangements when the ... Read More

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