Sarah Palin has lashed out at the disgraced Secret Service agent who joked about protecting her in a post on his Facebook page.

David Randall Chaney, a 48-year-old supervisor, wrote that he was ‘really checking out’ the vice-presidential candidate when he guarded her during the 2008 election campaign.

But Ms Palin last night hit back at the married agent who lost his job in the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal, calling his conduct ‘pretty embarrassing’.

‘This agent was kind of ridiculous in posting pictures and comments about checking someone out,’ she said on Fox News. ‘Well check this out, bodyguard – you’re fired! And I hope his wife… sends him to the dog house.’

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