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. Todd

    Wonder if better steps will be taken to protect his families' files all around. Anderson Cooper mentioned security surrounding Obama during the campaign. If over zealous people get more "curious" or angry at Obama as the election moves forward, it would be a good idea not to treat these weird invasions of privacy or threats against his security lightly.

    March 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. jsp9999

    smells dirty..... 3 times by different guys?

    March 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Mike

    Sniff, sniff. Do I smell "Watergate 08"?

    March 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Jane

    Identity theft happens every day! What's the big deal?

    March 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. gregg

    theres fire to this smoke. you know the contractors are going to be linked to an aspiring presidential campaign.

    March 20, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. BJ Atlanta

    Sounds like republican dirty dealings to me. Is the Bush administration using it's clout to try to discredit Sen. Obama? I hope the truth about this comes out. Americans are sick to death of being spied on!!!

    March 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Percy F. Lage, Oklahoma

    What is it they say, "If you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of someone's finding?" The defense that it is "none of your business" doesn't apply to public figures seeking to lead the most powerful nation on the planet.
    Just exactly where has he been and from whom did he seek counsel, money, support, plans, etc? Why don't all candidates voluntarily make this information available.....if they have nothing to hide?

    March 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. John Stevens

    No question the access is wrong – but jumping to the conclusion it was for "political purposes" is a bit of gamemanship.

    March 20, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. DeniseGA

    Wow, this is awful!

    Especially considering the hateful things I've read on blogs the past week!

    March 20, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Raven

    Ask Hillary and Bill. I am sure they know who went and looked at the files. Are you guys surprised.

    March 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Jen

    Looks like the NAFTA-gate culprits are at it again.

    Hillary and McCain needs to come clean.

    March 20, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. SLY IN FL.

    LET'S SEE.... UNATHORIZED WIRETAPS,MISREPRESENTATION OF THE FACTS AND FORCED DISMISSAL OF GENERALS WHO DIDN'T AGREE WITH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND NOW ALLOWING BREACHES IN SECURITY TO ALLOW SOMEONE'S PERSONAL PRIVATE INFORMATION TO BE EXPOSED. JAN./20/09 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH.

    March 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. CNN Post my comments

    This is interesting, considering all the calls made to Hillary for transparency. Why should it matter where he goes, why can't that be public knowledge also?

    March 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Larry, GA

    Someone wants dirt on him very badly.

    March 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. SHERYLANNE

    A senior official told NBC News there was "no political motivation" to the incidents, adding that the three were low-level contract employees doing administrative work when they accessed Obama's records.

    Just wanted to set the record straight before the Obamalites and CNN start with their stupidity and say Clinton did this.

    March 20, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Really?

    I'm sure that was just "curiosity". Please don't tell me there wasn't outside influence on these consultants.

    March 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Harerta Tesfa

    Obama, you have stirred them like no one has done before. That's why they are doing the illegal to get you.

    Keep it up, eventually the American people will be ready for someone like you soon..... if not immediately.

    March 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    i im very scared for sen obama life now !

    March 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. Willy

    Old news. She did this back in the 80's on Jackson

    March 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Veronica

    This is not a call for transparency. At least ask the man first. This is not right to go snooping/stealing someone's information in an illeagal way. They had to go to court to get Hillary's information, they didn't try to steal it. Do you see the difference? You must be a Hillary supporter, they usually can't understand the subtle difference between stealing and asking.

    March 20, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Willy

    Wonder who?

    March 20, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Jackie

    This is awful! I'm really curious as to to who is involve...

    March 20, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Kathleen

    Wow – do you think the Obama campaign is OVER-reacting just a wee bit?

    Sounds like Mr. "Transparency " has something to hide.

    March 20, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. katherine

    Obama is a public figure and why can't we know if it is not an issue of national security? It is public info as far as I'm concerned about where he went and what he did.

    March 20, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Now I vote for Hillary!!!!!

    no you idiots .... you did this yourselves. grow up!!!! when you fling dirt at someone, someone will fling right back. and guess what ...IT"S YOU!!!!! don't go around blaming the clinton's for everything that goes wrong. blame yourselves for your own hatred.

    March 20, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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