Secret Service agent posted upskirt video of Mike Pence

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mike Wheeler stunned the internet when he discussed sexual harassment allegations against Vice President Mike Pence with Yahoo News reporter Katie J.M. Baker

Mike Wheeler, a highly-rated Secret Service agent, posted an upskirt video of the vice president’s wife.

The incident in question did not take place during a scheduled meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs Pence in the Oval Office.

But, Wheeler told Yahoo News, his vice president’s wife turned up to work a little early that day because she wanted to ask a question in the Oval Office.

The undercover agent said he turned off his body camera and spoke with her at length before leaving.

He did not tell anyone about the encounter until he was asked about the upskirt picture a few days later by Yahoo! reporter Katie J.M. Baker.

Mrs Pence’s request for privacy when she was turning up early “is surprising and has made me rethink who was going to find out about this before me,” the agent said.

“If she could step into the Oval Office that morning in private before cameras, could you imagine what would happen if she came in to ask a question in a press event that there were cameras at? It would be the bigger story.”

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Wheeler told Baker that the claim of embarrassment was not going to be publicly discussed, telling her: “I can’t, Katie. It’s me trying to protect her.”

Bowen Yang, who posted video of Wheeler, called him an “awesome guy” and said in a post to Facebook that he had “definitely improved the game for upskirt and ‘crush cams.'”

The Secret Service confirmed to Yahoo News on Tuesday that Wheeler had taken part in an incident at the White House.

“There are protocols in place to protect the President and Vice President. Mr Wheeler did not violate those protocols,” a Secret Service spokesperson said.

“He is still a part of the Secret Service team and his employment status remains unchanged.”

Wheeler told Yahoo News that the whole incident was a learning experience and told Baker he would have handled it differently next time around.

“It’s not something I will intentionally do again,” he said.

More men stepping forward

News that Mr Wheeler had taken down a video of Mrs Pence’s figure spread like wildfire on social media, where many women mocked Mr Pence for the flirtatious nature of the interaction and thanked Mr Wheeler for his honesty.

“More men stepping forward about sexual harassment. Right now, we’re not out of the woods,” Laura Flanders, host of the liberal TV show “Rise”, tweeted.

Other users at social news network Reddit reacted with optimism to the story, which had been promoted as a “first” by Yahoo News.

“What a great story – thank you! That’s a bigger deal than Mr Pence and his wife confronting Mr Cheney at a social event,” Tomhoffba3011 wrote.

The White House did not comment on Mr Wheeler’s revelation, but it is not the first time a Secret Service agent has posted images of Mr Pence’s wife online.

Secret Service agent “Michael Johnson” posted a picture of Mrs Pence on Facebook in 2015, soon after she had won the Republican nomination for vice president.

“Thinking of her, prayers to @mike_wheeler and his family. God bless,” he wrote at the time.

Mr Wheeler, who grew up in Alabama, said in an interview he had joined the Secret Service as soon as he turned 18 in 2009 and was just five or six years from retirement.

Now 43, he has revealed that for more than a year he was a member of an online group that calls itself “transexuals for Trumps”.

The Secret Service has come under fire over allegations of sexual harassment against agents, leading to investigations by both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Wheeler claimed he joined the group in 2011 because he was “disgusted” by the way his older sister, a transgender woman, was treated when she applied for a security clearance.

More recently, his Secret Service colleagues went to court to oppose a motion that sought to release records relating to a 2015 incident in which a Secret Service agent was sentenced to 30 days in jail for downloading child pornography over his work laptop.

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