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. R Lopez

    While it is not proper what was done – he who protest too much about it maybe has something to hide?

    March 20, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Debbie

    I think it's so pathetic that people have to stoop so low to cause more problems for Sen. Obama...Why can't people just leave him alone...It's disgusting!

    March 20, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. sab

    if the presidential candidate (who has secret service protection) records can be accessed with such ease. imagine what can be done to regular people like us. food for thought.

    March 20, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. H3 / NC

    God, please forgive me if I'm wrong but something tells me she is behind this and its one of many tricks she has in her bag.

    (note I didn't identify who "she" fill it in)


    March 20, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. mrtrate

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!!.and a clear violation of Senator Obama's rights as a citizen of this country. There is no way that the administration can cal the an imprudent access or call it anything UNTIL an investigation is completed.

    March 20, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Truth Please

    Charlotte, get a life.

    March 20, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Edwin Portland

    Hillary supporters, please understand that your candidate will not give up information that, by law, is to be public forum. In this situation, laws were broken to obtain information that, legally, is not to be in public forum. There is no hiding. There is a huge violation of Constitutional rights and laws.

    March 20, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. KW

    With a person of his position don't you think that the government already knows when and where he has been? I am a very, very low level gov. employee, but best believe that I do not make travel arrangements without someone knowing it. This sounds more like personal curiosity, about like hospital employees looking at Spears' medical history.

    March 20, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. ldksl

    Nothing wrong with it. What happened to transparency?? Does he have something to hide? I say BIG DEAL.

    March 20, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Jody

    Oh Yes, Lets talk about something else and lets forget about Wright and Obama. That' s what it smells like to me.
    I feel this is some strategy to keep our minds off this mean ole spirited reverend, and it's written Obama all over it.....
    It's not working ...Obama turn off the lights the party is over!

    March 20, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Catrina Teach

    a criminal investigation should be done!

    March 20, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. ken1556

    why don't condi do something if the current administration really she this as a security breach

    March 20, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. 2012

    Release your travel records, Mr. Transparency! Where ya been that you don't want us to know about???

    March 20, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. HC

    Maybe something to divert from Pastor Wright?

    March 20, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. jp/michigan

    Something smells in this situation. Why would any one want to know where Obama traveled, unless there is some place he should not have been? More loose baggage, in the closet!

    March 20, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Don

    What information is there that Obama doesn't want someone to know? Does a presidential candidate have a secret?

    March 20, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. NO WAY

    Nice Obama! Nice way to garnish sympathy. Tell the world the government is violating your rights. That way you can cover up for the Reverend Wright scandal. If people buy it, that is. Which I don't. No sympathy here. You still need to go.

    March 20, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Outrageous

    Bush has turned the government to Republican contractors bit, by bit. These people don't have the government's interest in mind and are there for money only.

    I hope someone will decide to investigate this breach of privacy, and treat it seriously.

    If it happened three times, more than three employees should be fired. This is outrageous.

    March 20, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Ameen

    More skeletons out of Barack's closet....yay!!
    I can see why Barack is sweating.

    March 20, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. H3 / NC

    Don't worry. When HRC becomes America's next president she was pardon you just like her husband Bill did for all those involved in Watergate.

    March 20, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Banana Union

    This is beyond outrageous. Billary and the republicains are certainly behind this. Watch your back Senator Obama. They'll try everything to try and stop real change in this country.

    People get offended when WE honest citizens criticize what this country has become. Where does it stop?!? At what point do you realize that this type of repugnant activities has a direct effect on your personal life. Get a clue people. This is what I would expect to happen in a third world Banana republic!

    March 20, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. K

    Same thing happened to Bill Clinton during his campaign. Did they find out who did it then? Stop attacking Hillary and dividing the party further. I would most likely think these contractors would be linked to the Bush administration.

    March 20, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. NYC Lady

    Kris from Atlanta – You don't make sense. The Obama campaigned didn't notify the media. The media actually notified McCormick who notified Secretary Rice. The State Dept then notified Obama. Please be informed before you post rubbish!.

    March 20, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. LocalJoe

    Notice to the moderator: The moderator is job should be just for the CNN Comment Policy. It should not taking side.

    March 20, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Cindy

    I wouldn't think he would mind he wants to see everybody else's records.

    March 20, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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