Election 2008


Presidential Candidates’ Passport Records Breached

March 21, 2008 01:06 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
News that State Department employees accessed Barack Obama’s files led to admissions that Hillary Clinton’s and John McCain’s files have also been breached.

30-Second Summary

Just hours after two State Department employees were fired, and a third disciplined, for improperly accessing Sen. Barack Obama’s passport records, reports surfaced that the passport files of all three major presidential candidates have been breached.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly called Hillary Clinton Friday morning to tell her that her passport file was improperly accessed in 2007.

MSNBC also reports that Republican candidate John McCain had his passport file breached by one of the same individuals who looked at Obama’s records.

The State Department has stated that it is briefing all three candidates’ offices as the cases progress.

"There is no indication that there was any political motivation. It [appears to have been] prurient interest," an unidentified State Department official said Thursday.

But Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton called the incident “an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years.” Burton has called for a complete investigation.

Bloggers have been posting furiously since the security breach into Obama’s passport files was reported Thursday. Some, like Mark Kleiman at the Reality-Based Community Blog, are suggesting the incidents seem “more consistent with either curiosity or venality.”

Others, like Joe Sudbay on Americablog, write that the incident is typical of the Bush campaign: “We know how much we can trust anyone who works for George Bush. NOT AT ALL.”

Headline Links: Passport security breaches for all major candidates

Opinion & Analysis: Simple curiosity or political motivation?

Related Topics: An ‘epidemic’ of snooping and McConnell’s new Cyber-Security Policy

Britney Spears falls victim to a security breach too

Reference: Passport records and the Privacy Act of 1974


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