March 20th, 2008
08:38 PM ET
7 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. Anton

    Laughable...so what, if he's running for the highest office, Obama should just laugh this off...his entire background is going to be disected. Get used to it.

    March 20, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Jeff-o-matic

    It will be interesting to see if a "full-scale investigation" into this matter is actually launched... if so, it will be even more interesting to see if the perpetrator is discovered, and who that perpetrator is, of course. I wonder if Fox News will devote as much time to this story as they did on the whole Rev. Wright speech / Barack Obama counter-speech, though of course I will not stoop to watching in order to find out (I refuse to give attention to a news channel that regularly replaces the letter "S" in words with a dollar sign).

    March 20, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Hanley

    What;s the big deal? Shouldn't senators' and presidential candidates' travel files be as open as the daily appointment files of a former First Lady now running for president? I can't imagine why anyonw would even have to snoop to get that information.

    March 20, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Jay

    1st

    March 20, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Sylvia

    So what? there can't be anything there anyone else could know about as he is runnng for president and evryone is trying to dig up dirt on him for the past year....the government goes through our trash, listens to our calls and reads our email...........why is he no different than the rest of America?

    March 20, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Marcellus

    This is Out Rageous. This is exactly why I am voting for OBAMA
    2008

    March 20, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Rose,Calgary,Canada

    Outregious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Brandon Chicago

    what is there too hide ?

    March 20, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Jay

    Now this is some crazy mess! It seems that someone was scared about Obama's chances.... Seems that Richard Nixon tactics will be used to defeat him... This is absolutely outrageous!

    March 20, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Lawrence Brown

    The innocent people have nothing to hide. The problem with the ones who cry,there maybe something harmful. Politicians are open to all who want honest people.

    March 20, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. SUZIE

    WHOM EVER
    I THINK OBAMA IS SHOOKEN UP OVER THE LIES HE EVENTUALLY WILL GET CAUGHT UP IN .MY STAEMENT IS ,WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU RUN FOR THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WORLD IF YOU HAD SKELTONS IN YOUR CLOSET.SO WITH THAT BEING SAID ,I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME THEY STARTED TO TALK ABOUT OBAMAS BAD STUFF AND LEAVE HILLARY ALONE . I REALLY LIKE OBOMA ,AND I PROBABLY WOULD VOTE FOR HIM IF HES THE NOMINEE " MAYBE"' BUT LETS FACE IT THERE IS NO ONE THAT DOES NOT HAVE THINGS IN THERE PAST THAT THEY DONT WANT SHOWED ALL OVER THIS WORLD.
    ONE MORE THING I CANT BELIEVE THAT AN AMERICAN MINISTER WOULD SAY "'GOD ....... AMERICA"' I THINK THAT HE BETTER GET DOWN ON HIS KNEES AND ASK FOR " GODS" FORGIVNESS FOR THAT.

    THANK YOU SUZIE

    March 20, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. LarryB

    You guys are turning into control freaks, the Ferraro thread deserved some discussion...if someone gets out of control, just block them....sheesh everyone in the media seems to have lost their ...hmmm what's the right word? courage? not quite, I don't think anyone is cowardly...well just reluctant to appear controversial

    March 20, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. James Pus

    IT MAY APPEAR TO SOME THAT PEOPLE KNOW NO LIMITATIONS TO THEIR DESIRE TO RULE OR STIFFLE THE ASPIRATIONS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DESIRE CHANGE. WHO WOULD SEEK TO DO THIS OTHER THAN TO SMEAR OBAMA. THEY KEEP ON GOING BUT THEY CANNOT STOP THE TRAIN.

    March 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Hillary's Experience

    Come on! Out of straws?

    March 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Marlene

    UNBELIEVABLE what America has stooped down to for power and/or money!!!!

    March 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Mikeman3000

    Well this can only greatly help Obama. I don't know about "the republican attack machine" that Hillary's been through but Obama's been the only one targeted by the current White House.

    March 20, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Mary

    My guess is either Clinton or George W. authorized this, paid for it, whatever. It occurred right when Obama was making some noise and he obviously scared some people into drumming up some dirt. The timing of this is not a coincidence. honestly, I believe that the Clintons probably have enough sway to make this happen...and they are totally capable of it. Vince Foster anyone?

    March 20, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Mike

    I am not an Obama fan, but this really goes to show how messed up our current administration is. This is disgustingly wrong.

    With that said, et out of the race, Obama, you're losing the popular vote!

    March 20, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Disgusted

    An investigation? Why? If caught, Bush will only pardon him anyway.

    March 20, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. vincent stallings

    not surprising.

    March 20, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. Frank Lee

    I smell something – kind of Rove-like.

    March 20, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Blackrose

    Any hacker can snoop into anything they want. Everyone over the age of one knows this.
    Why is Sen. Barack Obama so upset about it?
    Why is he eluding to it being Bush's doings?
    IS Sen. Barack Obama afraid of something in those files??
    If so, WHAT???

    March 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Jas

    Obama is being "swift-boated" by the so-called conversative radio and Tv show hosts and commentators...so of these guys can't conceal their racially motivated agenda in their comments...they are the same people who have downplayed anything bad about Bush and Cheney since 2000, they have continued to praise these two as our heroes in fighting terrorism...they won't even admit blantant mistakes that have been made by this administration over the last seven years...they aided in "stealing" the election in 2000, now they are busy again to rob Americans of a different adminstartion that can right some of the blunders this administration has made over the last seven years.
    Most Americans and the rest of the World is tired of a few individuals in the Republican party building their entire poltical careers on starting was or war mongering...McCain in their new boy in town...going to meet foreign leaders doesn't take away the reality that this country needs a change from the way Republicans have been running it.

    March 20, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Other article closed too quick if you ask me. I'll post here,They polled before his speech and after his speech. If people would actually read an article before they comment, they would have read the before and after speech, the poll numbers did not change.
    If this news about Obama had of come out sooner, he would not have made it past SC. Wonder how he likes it now? We the people, do not like un-american statements made by anyone. This country is not perfect, but it is the best there is to chose from. I say lets give the people who don't like it here, a oneway ticket to the homeland of their fathers

    March 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Ashley

    This kind of behavior and response isn't shocking from this administration. They have a history of disregarding the right to privacy. Somewhere in the country Valerie Plame is saying "I tried to tell you." It took around 70 days for the State Department to inform Sen. Obama about 3 seperate breachs. 1/9; 2/21; and 3/14 and the Secretary of State only gets informed yesterday?!? Ridiculous and suspect.

    March 20, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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