Clar Weah in Liberia, with spouse Weah at the back
Washington, DC ––Unfounded information and gossips in Liberia that Mrs. Clar Weah, wife of Liberia’s presidential aspirant and ex-footballer, George Manneh Weah, was escorted and is protected in Liberia by the United States Secret Service is false, misleading, and unfounded, according to a source with knowledge to the agency’s operations and responsibilities.
Mrs. Weah is not and has never been provided any protection by any US security services or agencies, according to credible information obtained from Washington, DC.
While the United States government supports freedom, human rights, democracy as well as electoral processes worldwide, Washington, DC and the US government do not interfere in the electoral and campaign processes of other nations, according to a highly placed sources in the US capital.
Adding, “African politicians and others running for political offices on the continent are accustomed to lying about obtaining support from the US government, or that they are the preferred choice of Washington, DC. This is not new but we are used to such lies,” he said.
Information and gossip circulating in Liberia convey that the US government provided Mrs. Clar Weah with Secret Service protection when she traveled to Liberia and while in Liberia. Mrs. Weah is currently in Liberia to assist her husband’s presidential campaign for president of Liberia.
Mrs. Weah, a Jamaican born naturalized U.S. citizen resides in the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The country will hold presidential elections on 10 October 2017, and Clar’s husband is one of the contenders on the ticket of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) which also has senator Jewel Howard Taylor, the wife of ex-Liberian warlord, Charles Taylor, jailed in the UK for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Both Weah and Taylor are accused of being supported by blood diamond wealth acquired by Charles Taylor in addition to support from outgoing Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to the source and the agency’s bulletin, the Secret Service Presidential Protective Division safeguards the President of the United States and his immediate family.
The U.S. Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865, as a federal bureau under the Department of Treasury. At that time, its main function and purpose was to suppress the counterfeiting of U. S. Currency.
Some Cabinet members in the presidential order of succession, U.S. Senators and members of Congress also receive protection from the agency. The president can also designate protection for someone through an executive order. For security reasons, the Secret Service doesn’t share specifics. Mrs. Clar has not met any of these requirements.
As of 2003, the agency falls under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
According to the source, he said, it is possible that Mrs. Clar Weah could have traveled to Liberia with private security agents or a bouncer from Florida or from her native country Jamaica.
A bouncer (also known as a doorman, door supervisor or cooler) is a type of security guard, employed at venues such as bars, nightclubs, strip clubs or concerts.