Updated at 2:59 p.m. with comment from the State Department.
News) CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department
may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior
within their ranks.
The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State
Department's security force, charged with protecting the secretary of
state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of
misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees
CBS News' John Miller reports that according to an internal State
Department Inspector General's memo, several recent investigations were
influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS
News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State
Department security official in Beirut "engaged in sexual assaults" on
foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that
members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail
"engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries" -- a
problem the report says was "endemic."
The memo also reveals details about an "underground drug ring" was
operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department
security contractors with drugs.