April 5th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Top passport official to be moved after snooping issues

 The passport files of Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain were improperly accessed.
The passport files of Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain were improperly accessed.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top State Department official responsible for passport issues will be replaced after a recent controversy over contract employees snooping into passport files of the U.S. presidential candidates.

The department's deputy spokesman, Tom Casey, would not draw a link between the reassignment of Ann Barrett and the violations.

Casey attributed the move to normal employee turnover and not "any individual incident or set of incidents."

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  1. California Independent

    Lesson to all..... don't look at the chose One's records. There was nothing there, but be prepared to have the great victim in the White House. No experience Bush/Obama, no legislative record Bush/Obama, no ethics Bush/Obama, completely clueless on Foreign Policy Bush/Obama, media creation Bush/Obama. The media that brought you Bush and the Iraq war, now brings you ta-da... Obama the sleazy Chicago politician. The only saving grace is politics moves slowly, but if you think the last 7 years are bad, wait until Obama with his corporate advisors get in office.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    Can the Obama supporters start whining for McCain's taxes now? You'll get nothing because McCain won't cave for the little victim Obama.

    April 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Key West Sun

    Just makes me wonder, if, either Obama or Hillary have been someplace that they don't want us to know about.
    Think the elephants have already gotten the info they wanted, the Dems might want to come clean now, you know if they looked once and then went back a second time, something in there looked fishy.

    April 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. PCS / North Carolina

    California Independent wrote April 5th, 2008 11:43 am ET

    " Obama the sleazy Chicago politician."

    Attacks againt Obama in thease blogs are derogatory. Some of these are sarcastic and some have a racial tint to it.: "fairy tale", "Slum lord", "king Obama", "Hot air" "Obama supporters are sheep / pathetic " Obama Zombies….pathetic, "Rock star", "Obama supporters are cult members / sheep ", “king obama”, “Obama go back to Kenya” "Do you know why it is called White House" "Arrogant baby" are only a few of those.
    WE ARE NOT SOUTH AFRICA IN THE 1980'S.

    It's a shame to see people get so ugly and make such desperate attacks against each other when in disagreement, but then again, this is the politics that we have had since the 1980's, so many people don't know any better. Shame on anyone who personally attacks a person or a candidate, simply because they want "their" side to win. I mean, sure, anonymity on the Internet brings out courage in many. However, is that really courage? What does all this say about America? Come on folks! Wake up! Dont let a political race, in which well-off people jostle for control, tear us apart. In the end, Iam an American and although I will have philosophical differences with another candidate claiming the White House, they will still be my representative and I will still be an American!

    When we will get more deeper in to the recession BUSH created, we will realize that division is not going to help us get out of this mess.

    We are UNITED states of America, not DEVIDED states of America.

    April 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Sharon Minnesota

    Curiosity killed the cat. Everyone should be so curious of the presidential candidates but will take the risk of being punished.

    We need more openness of all candidates. Hillary has no secrets, she' been in the public eye for a long time. McCain has no secrets, he's too old. That leaves only Obama, where are his secrets hiding?

    We already have had a glimpse of his past and it's not pretty. Open the flood gates before the dem convention.

    April 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Doug, Florida

    Obama will be President. Like it or not.

    History will record him as one of the greatest President ever.

    Mark my word.

    April 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. julie

    Time to put the great Obama on the carpet, We the people are getting physically sick with the cover-ups on him. Lets see the most trusted news network do its job!

    April 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Sean-NY

    California Independent! Why dont you get a life and stop sending emails that make you sound like some kind of inbred nut!
    First Obama is NO WAY like Bush!

    1. Intelligent, great inspirational speaker? Obama, not Bush.

    2. Voted against the Iraqi war? Obama, not Bush.

    3. Did not come from a dynastic family so did not have prestige and opportunity handed to him. No! He got to where he is through hard work and a brilliant mind (something you seem to lack, reading some of the junk you are spewing). GB on the other hand would have never had a chance, if he wasnt Bush Snr's son.

    4. The media did not create Obama! The media loves him! and rightly so. Having spent so many years covering inept, emotionaly vacant and uninspirational politicians. They have finally found a person who can truly touch people with his words and idealism (reminds them of JFK, MLK, Bobby Kennedy). So dont hate!! Now that we know that the Cliton Clan has sooo much money, maybe they could by her a PERSONALITY!!

    And while their at it maybe they could get YOU a brain???

    Just a thought.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    April 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Veterans For Obama

    Stop with the silly conspiracy theories....someone was curious; end of story.

    April 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Porchhound

    To California Independent:

    Subj: Delusional thinking

    You are about as independent as Limbaugh. Say SOMETHING positive about your candidate...if you CAN...instead of your disjointed rants about Obama. Anything??? Thought so.

    Now check out all the people fired or suspended due to comments about Hillary...hmmmm...who is whining...actually?

    April 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. uday

    Cali Independent commets against Obama cause he is not experienced.

    Now that Bush has spent 8 yeras and is experienced would u give him the title of experience politician and can apply for the Top job if it was possible a third term?

    One has to satrt some where.
    OBAMA!

    April 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. ECHEWEOZO

    what ever you do or say,all i know is that obama is goin to be the next ameriacn president, believe it or not

    no more bush/mcCain/billary

    obama 08

    April 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. tom, Boston

    Just wait till you "patriotic americans" find out what has really been happening under the "patriot acts" and many older similar "acts". maybe you will never find it out and continue to delude yourselves as a "free country".

    April 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. jimmy velman

    ONE THING IS CERTAIN . WE WILL HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT AND IT WILL BE A DEMOCRAT.. AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THERE WILL INDEED BE CHANGES IN THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN RUNNING. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE REPLACED.
    (GOOD RIDDANCE) A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS WILL
    FROM THEN ON WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE WAY OUR PEOPLE ARE GOVERNED . THIS NEW GENERATION WILL
    BE MORE VOCAL AND FORCEFUL IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THEY WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF THE SUPREME
    COURT , THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT
    AND MANY NEW LAWS TO CURB DISHONESTY AND KICK OUT THE CROOKS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES , ETC.

    April 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. tom, Boston

    well, i correct myself: you're indeed absolutely "free" as long as you have no thoughts that amount to anything.

    April 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Spider

    One has to start somewhere.
    Yeah, let's put a beginner in the most important position in the free world. Give 'em a shot.
    At the time that our nation is at it's most vulnerable, politically, economically and socially.
    Tell you what Uday, next time you're sick have a student doctor operate on you. Everyone has to start somewhere.

    Bush was inexperienced when we (my only responsibility is that I was an American at the time) elected him. Look where that got us. Not again.

    No Obomination.

    April 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Veterans For Obama

    Amen to Doug, Uday, Porchhound, sean-NY, and PCS-N. Carolina....

    Obama or ANY Democrat over Mccain.

    April 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

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