Report: Government Agents Protected Director's Aide

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post is reporting that members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled away in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency's director.

The Post says in a story on its website that the director's assistant was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor.

The Post reports that agents were told that the Secret Service director at the time, Mark Sullivan, was concerned that his assistant was being harassed at her rural Maryland home.

The newspaper says that the agents were pulled from a surveillance team that patrols the outskirts of the White House compound.

A Secret Service spokesman says the operation had no impact on the president's protective detail because those agents were not involved.