U.S. military chief says "embarrassed" by misconduct allegations in Colombia

WASHINGTON Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:56pm EDT

Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2013 and the Future Years Defense Program on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2013 and the Future Years Defense Program on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 14, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leadership of the U.S. military is 'embarrassed' by allegations that soldiers supporting President Barack Obama's recent visit to Colombia violated curfew and may have been involved in 'inappropriate conduct.'

"We let the boss down," said General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Speaking in a news conference, he said the substance of the Summit of the Americas had been overshadowed by allegations of misconduct by members of the Secret Service and military, which the Colombian police said involved prostitutes.

"No one is talking about what happened in Colombia other than this incident," Dempsey told reporters.

(Reporting By Missy Ryan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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