March 20th, 2008
08:38 PM ET
6 years ago

State Department confirms breach on Obama's passport file

(CNN) - The State Department has confirmed a breach on Sen. Barack Obama's passport file, his campaign told CNN.

"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," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement. "Our government's duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes."

The campaign called for "a complete investigation" to find out who looked at Obama's passport file and why.

Updated 8:38 p.m. with statement from the Obama campaign

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  1. Pat M Canada

    I hope they will truly to get to the bottom of this and not just slap wrists.
    Whether your a Presidential Candidate or an ordinary citizen your personal information and that of your family should be protected. And those who choose to violate security measures should be held accountable by the law.

    Obama has had to deal with enough the last two weeks without this.
    Very unfortunate.

    March 21, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Paula von Loewenfeldt

    The "best political team on television" dropped the ball BIG TIME tonight. While Keith Oberman and Dan Abrams at MSNBC re-wired and amplified their scheduled shows to cover the breaking story of an illegal probe of Barack Obama's files, Anderson Cooper continued to flog the Rev. Wright angle. I'm not a little surprised at Mr. Cooper's myopia, given his extraordinary footwork during Hurricane Katrina. But it seems that the CNN newsroom has stopped doing any real journalistic work these days and is content to reloop Rev. Wright and/or (as Campbell Brown asked eagerly last night) the burning question of exactly how Clinton can beat Obama. Come on, folks. You're supposed to be journalists!!!!

    March 21, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  3. Standard

    Isn't stuff like this standard MO for the Bushies? I wish the Dem's had the backbone to put some of them in jail...

    March 21, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Dylan from CA

    Senator Obama's fundamental rights have been violated by members of the STATE DEPARTMENT. That is SCARY.

    The fact that people are saying "so what?" proves how ignorant so many people in this country, unfortunately, are.

    March 21, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  5. gary

    All of you need to take a deep breath. I know your man is on the skids, and you can cry administration conspiracy all you want. The bottom line is these were contract employees, and they were fired for their actions. If the administration were behind this, they would have covered it up rather than bringing out and firing the ones who did the misdeeds. Obama is now nobama.

    March 21, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  6. Heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    The question that I have that I have not seen addressed is if Sean McCormack didn't know about this until he was asked about it by a reporter, how did the reporter find out? Why would a reporter know about it before State Department officials? Is it possible for the information to be changed? It would be pretty interesting if suddenly it was released by his opponents that he made secret trips to Iran or Syria. It sounds pretty suspicious to me.

    March 21, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  7. hillarysupporter

    the clintons did not have anything to do we this.

    vote hillary for nonstop success for this country.

    hillary '08

    March 21, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. NotAlone

    Obama is NOT the first victim of the State Department unscupulous workers acting as peeping thumb; in 1992 some workers in the State Department also look into the file of Bill Clinton when he was candidate for President.

    March 21, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  9. Dee

    I think the security breach was wrong.To eliminate corruption and deception all personal information should be required of all that want to become a candidate. They are public officails and should have nothing to hide.This is a person that we need to trust to be Cammder and Chief.

    March 21, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. Sheri

    This country is a mess and very sinful

    March 21, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. John

    I feel Obama has been mistreated in this campaign. We all need to stop acting ignorantly and have a meaningful conversation. Maybe if we all stop to listen to the facts, we may be able to have a constructive argument.

    March 21, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  12. Donna Canadian

    After reading the above comments how is it so many democrats are so full of nothing but hatred towards Clintons? Wasn't Bill Clinton one of the best Democratic Presidents you ever had? Didn't he bring 8 years of prosperity and balanced budgets and surplus to America? Didn't he do more for Aids in Africa then any other president? Did'nt he help the Irish settle their problems? PLEASE don't tell me all this hatred is over Monica Lewinsky . If it is thats crazy all the good presidents are getting a little extra on the side Kennedy was the best and he got it alot. Who cares? as long as your doing a good job running the country.

    March 21, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  13. An American

    I do believe that identity thief is a huge problem in the USA. Think about it, are some of people insane?

    March 21, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
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