One of the Colombian escorts at the center of the Secret Service scandal emerged from hiding today, recounting in detail her night in Cartagena with a member of President Obama's protective detail and saying she fears for her safety.
Dania Suarez, a 24-year old dark-haired beauty, appeared on a call-in show carried by Colombia's W Radio and Carocol Television Friday morning, telling callers the agent was "heavily intoxicated" and everything in his luggage and his papers was left open in his room and could have been easily stolen.
Asked if she had been a spy could she have removed the papers, Suarez said, "Absolutely, absolutely."
"Clearly, in those moments, if I had wanted to, obviously, I could have done so," she said.
Suarez says she met the agent at a disco where they danced and she began to rub her hands over his body.
"He didn't know how to dance," she said of the agent, identified in published accounts elsewhere as Arthur Huntington, who has left the Secret Service under circumstances that are unclear.
She said that Huntington did not appear to be searching for a prostitute but that "I found him."
Suarez said Huntington fell asleep when they returned to his room and refused to answer the question of whether they actually had sex.
"If I answer this you will know what happened," she said.
Suarez said the agent "did not feel he got what he was being asked to pay for" and that this led to dispute over how much he owed her at the end of the evening.
She said she does not consider herself a prostitute, but an escort because prostitutes "are lower class and live in brothels."
She confirmed other accounts that the agent offered her $30, which led to a confrontation at the agent's door which drew the attention of the hotel manager and local police.
She said the agents pleaded, "Please, please no police, no police."
"Between all of them, they collected the money, $250, and that's what happened in the hall," she said. "They were part of Obama's security group and I told them I was going to call the police so they can pay me the money."
Suarez said she left Colombia for a few days because of concerns her life could be in danger and has had no contact with any American official.
"Maybe they are just as dumb as the Secret Service agents," she told the station.
Throughout her appearance this morning, dressed in a skimpy green blouse, Suarez laughed and smiled even as the host reminded her of the seriousness of the scandal.
"This is who I am and all I really care about is my mother and my young son," Suarez said.
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