Being front-page news every week for months at a stretch is not ideal when your business is secrecy, writes Alistair Fairweather.
The US Secret Service is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security over the loss of computer files on the Washington Metro system.
A dozen Secret Service agents, sent to Colombia to provide security for President Obama have been relieved of duty after allegations of misconduct.
He sips beers, kisses babies, hangs out in bowling alleys and bottle feeds calves: Barack Obama is playing a "regular guy" in a stealth attack on Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania. While best known for soaring rhetoric and rock star-style rallies, the pace-setting Democrat is adopting a more personal touch, turning on the charm on a six-day bus tour of the state.
One may wind up as the first woman to lead the United States Senate. Another is relatively young and could run again for president. The third may simply resume his role as a congressional maverick and retire in two years. These are among the options that await the losers in the three-way race for the White House.
Who is George Bush? A gaffe-ridden buffoon? The man who confronts the evildoers? Or is he Bush as Bush sees himself, the decider, a leader who makes the hard choices and sticks to them? In just 16 months' time, the job of working out who Bush really is will move out of the world's newsrooms and into the book-lined studies of historians.