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State Department employees breach Obama’s passport.

By Faiz Shakir on March 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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“Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.” Obama’s passport files were breached three times in the past three months. During a conference call tonight, a State Department official admitted they “failed.” The official also said that the State Department Inspector General was not informed of the breach until today.

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A statement from the Obama campaign:

This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an Administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years. Our government’s duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes. This is a serious matter that merits a complete investigation, and we demand to know who looked at Senator Obama’s passport file, for what purpose, and why it took so long for them to reveal this security breach.


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,The State Department asserts there was “no political motivation” for the breach. Spokesman Sean McCormack said the department itself detected the instances of “imprudent curiosity.”

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