March 20th, 2008
08:38 PM ET
13 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. Robert


    March 20, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. arnod

    Why is anyone surprised? There is nothing that certain folk will do to keep this more than qualified young Christian man out of the office of the President. American politics is just awful that's why we need a change now. Thank goodness so many of our young people are heavily involved today. perhaps they can be successful in turning the corner and changing our current environment. They will get our full support

    March 20, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Deborah

    Check with the Clinton's you will probably find the answer to the breach.

    The Clinton's are dirty sleezy scum.

    They are the lowest Democrats ever. How can they endorse McCain over a Democrat candidate? They are low-down dirty scum.

    That was the most evil self-serving thing another Democrate could do.

    I will never give another Clinton my support.

    No Way Clinton


    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    March 20, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. arnod

    Please Campbell did a great job on the debates but she's no news commenator. Watching her is like watching a network that is one sided and she very negative. That's the last thing we need. Bring us someone with a disposition that will hold our attention.

    March 20, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. jennifer, Evergreen, CO

    Who, what, where, when and WHY?
    Ask the questions CNN, ask the questions.

    March 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. cj

    and people wonder why Michelle Obama was finally proud of her country.

    March 20, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Y from NJ

    ...and you wonder why some black folks believe in various conspiracy theories. This is corruption at the highest level. Not the breach but the cover up.

    March 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Jay

    Can you say diversion. Anything to get the Pastor Wright stories off the MSM's

    So does Bin Laden and the Muslim terrorists now have all of Obama's info?

    March 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Beth

    Obama reported this to the news network to get of the bad press he has been getting
    cnn why do you not post my comments? You are so biased

    March 20, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Kris In Atlanta

    Wonderful, the corrupt and intrusive Bush state department is at it again. Now we know what the diplomats are up to on the days when not that many soldiers are kiled in Iraq.

    March 20, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. debbie,NJ

    Let's see if this will be treated as priority. Somebody has broken the law, Let's see how they'll play this down.

    March 20, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Erik

    Who cares. What does he have to hide. If Hillary needs to show her detailed schedule from her time as first lady and release tax returns etc etc, why is it such a big deal to know what countries Mr. Obama has visited over his lifetime.

    Honestly, I would have thought this information would have been public already.

    He needs to make this story go away instead of making a privacy issue about it. He will look like more of a Hypocrit.

    March 20, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. king from toronto

    i'm not one to judge,but bill clinton had the same thing done to him when he was running for president.and he saw what it did to his why not use it on someone else???????????.i'm jus sayin"""""""""""""".read between the lines.

    March 20, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. CHERYL




    March 20, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Dave, KS

    This is George Bush's administration. The same George Bush that McCain supports and will emulate. I'm not surprised and most Americans will not be surprised.

    Not only is Senator Obama an American, he's a senator.

    In George Bush's America, anything can happen.

    Obama 08

    March 20, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Darryl, Arlington Texas

    This is a Clear and Present Danger that the Bill Clinton was calling in a favor,

    The Office of Inspector General need to conduct and investigation since there was three seperate times that it happen this was a criminal act.

    We require a full investigation. This is nothing more than a breach of security,

    How much did the Clinton pay, follow the money that the clinton way.

    March 20, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Jones in Sacramento

    This is outrageous!!!

    What were they looking for? CNN you should stay on this story until the Government gives us adequate answers. Was this an effort on behalf of the Republican Party to find something to use against Obama or what?

    This is the very reason that so many Americans don't trust Government!

    March 20, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Yonas

    This is outrages. Someone has to explain about this nonsense and serious threat.

    March 20, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Norman

    What did Condaleeza Rice know and when? Whom does Patrick F. Kennedy support for president this year? How low can politics go in "the greatest country in the world".

    March 20, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Whoa, jumping the gun there a bit Mr. Burton. Looks like it was contract employees, and they got CAUGHT by this administration as they PROTECTED Mr. Obama's privacy by having safeguards in place to make sure a person's privacy WAS protected. It will be interesting to find out who got them to do this....and THEN you can jump all over who was behind it.

    March 20, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Kathryn S

    Is anyone else terrified at the apparent ease by which this hacker found Obama's file? Why isn't any and every public figure's files locked tighter than that?

    Also, was Obama's the only one?

    March 20, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Judy Clouser

    Can someone say Watergate?

    March 20, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Tom

    Obama breached our trust support a church for 20 years that celebrates at the thought of hating white people. With their children present. This is bad.

    His children were baptised by this man.

    He was his religious adviser to his campaign for president.

    This is the most important issue at hand right now in the Democratic party. This is Bad America.

    Celebrating hatred toward white people. No way should celebrate hatred period...

    No way Obama, an ex-supporter

    March 20, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. LMC

    Ooooo–it must be the Clinton camp...(he said sarcastically)
    Why doesn't he want us to see the file? What is he hiding?

    March 20, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Darryl, Arlington Texas

    idenity thief, this credit record needs to be check. This is a shame.......

    The General Accounty Agency needs to have a outside IG do the investigation.

    Head will have to roll.

    March 20, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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