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. Karen p

    Well, why worry about identity theft now if our government lets just anyone see private files? It's just awful negligence on our government's part. This isn't just about affects us all. It does sound rather "fishy" considering election timing. As for remarks about Hillary...she will always have secrecy and just as bad as Bush!

    March 20, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Jay

    Funny how CNN has let these comments come thru, but none early today!

    oh ya..Poor hoooooo

    March 20, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. A.M.

    Shocking that it has been going for the last few weeks, and they just found out! And why fire those staffers, why were they not arrested. Hey, is there a soft corner for some one from some one? Please do the thorough investigation!!


    March 20, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Monica

    Question: Why can't a person express their anger over the way they have been treated in America in the privacy of their own church? And what does that have to do with who we choose as president?

    March 20, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Elle

    Watch Obama make an even bigger deal of this than need be, so he could ride this as well as the race card.

    March 20, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Jay

    Im sure it was a "Typical White Person".

    March 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Anti-Establishment

    Clintons and Republicans will do anything to keep the Washington establishment running. The fact that Obama is still standing with integrity and determination shows me his strength. Americans need Obama.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    March 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. k h

    Hello – Watergate? This is a crime – will somebody follow the money please. Look at who these people are and who they and their families have financial ties to.

    March 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Jim


    March 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Joanna

    Obama is not going to work, dont try to change the subject.
    anyways who cares?

    March 20, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Spider


    What a cool word. Is that a combination of outrageous and aggregious or are you demanding that Mr Philbin leave the room?

    March 20, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Andrew

    Lets see if Lou Dobbs can blame Barack Obama for this one

    March 20, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Myles

    I came from Irish settlers who were discriminated upon, yet have yet to hear anything from Obama about me. He seems more concernced about only the African American population. Others struggled to make themselves in this country too, Barack, it'd be nice if you'd acknowledge that. This is why you'll never win in November, you don't have attract a broad audience.

    March 20, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. white woman for Obama

    I wouldn't surprise if this was a Hillary kitchen sink job. She is very capable of doing such a thing.

    March 20, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. CNN: Why aren't you posting my comments?

    They are not inflammatory. Could it be that I make too much sense? Some posters I see get MULTIPLE postings!

    March 20, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. lc7196

    Why am I not surprised about this. The Clinton camp will stop at nothing. I'm so tired of this mess so I'm starting to think that my only choice will be Ralph Nader.

    March 20, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Monica, Texas

    CNN ??????
    Clinton has now been linked to Rev. Wright wonder they have had no comments CNN why aren't you checking into this!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Just Thinking

    To all the people out there who doesn't think this is a big deal: No, other candidate's file was breached. Why his? If we are going to look into his let's look into every governments official file. I don't have anything to hide and I still don't want everyone to know my business, plain and simple. So, get off your high horse of playing God. Do you think you should know everything about people? If the law says no, then obey the law. The people who broke the law are the ones that can't be trusted.

    March 20, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Figures

    This outrageous act also transcends them just looking at Obama. What if certain people are looking at your file and stealing your personal information without mid-management reporting it. How about our Secret Service Agents personal information. I mean, if the State Department is just going to allow their contractors to access peoples info and do nothing about it, this is really serious.

    March 20, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Phew...sigh of relief from from the Obama campaign...something to take their minds of the severe injection of insensitive race questions I've surrounded myself with.

    March 20, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Jim

    This just in– the official in charge of the department where these employees worked, a Ms. Hardy, has ties to the Clintons.

    Stunning surprise.

    March 20, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. luis santiago

    i hate ignorance! ......leave the man alone!

    March 20, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. jer

    It only happened to Bill one time. And this is a security issue the secret service will want to investigate as it could be dangerous for his info on travel in the past and future to get out.
    It was brushed off too easily by checking only if the people had a criminal record and then letting them go. Upper level state Dept says they just found out about it now. WHY?

    March 20, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. JANE

    if obama should disown his pastor , then most Americans will have to disown their parents, brothers, sisters and friend, , Cnn , pls you are complicating issues by this dicussion , we are in recession , discuss impt issues pls

    March 20, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. Marcelo

    This is the type of behavior the neocons have engaged in for far too long. Change must come, but Obama is not the answer, Hillary is unelectable, McCain=Bush

    Go Ron Paul!

    March 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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