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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soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. David, Silver Spring MD

    How long before Hillary tries to pin this on Obama?

    March 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. dawn

    Nobody should have access to personal information unless they are suspected as criminals. It's one thing to hand over your personal information because it's required, it's quite another to have it snooped-out without your knowledge and without cause.

    He has nothing to hide. That's not the point. The point is it was done illegally, which is why people lost their jobs.

    There are too many people who forget what Watergate meant. Too many people who have no idea what rights the government has or doesn't have. Learn about Civil Liberties.

    March 20, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Rob

    Remember, the Clintons will do ANYTHING to win

    March 20, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Illiniois Dem-Libral

    So right away the Obama people make up that this was done by the Clintons, it took you all of 5 seconds. Cheap shot, you have no reason to even write such a thing. It was some republican that did it that works for Condi Rice. But again anything bad that happens it has to be the Clintons.

    March 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Mariann Pepitone

    Note: I left a comment and I don't see it yet.

    March 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Larry King

    CNN please report on the renown theologist that Larry King spoke of tonight who went to Obama's church frequently and gave them nothing but praise.
    Please bring that out, i beg of is only Fair!

    March 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Diane Boyd

    Who wouldn't be upset! It is not a matter of having something to hide. Some things should be kept private. I hope there is a full investigation. I will certainly watch this story close.

    March 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. Bayou Joe

    The dirt is already exposed. You obama worshippers don't want to admit defeat.

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

    For all of you Hillary haters, get a grip. All of the latest news about Obama has come from conservative talk shows and just in case you didn't know the present administration does not like the Clintons. So, this was probably a right wing conspiracy – similar to the same one that Bill Clinton had to endure in the 90s.

    March 20, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Godwin, Dallas Tx

    The people of America must stand up for a change from this distructive politics. This reminds me of Bill Clinton in the early nineties.
    In the long run, we must see beyond the race politics and all this snooping.

    March 20, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Jean

    Like I said when I saw this on TV. I said the Obama manics would be saying Hillary or Bill was responsible- You all sound like a bunch of nuts- I think the Lewinsky thing that was on earlier was a low blow- somebody stooped mighty low to write this -Where Hillary was at wnen so & so . Are you people proud of yourself since you learned about her agenda.

    March 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. And???

    Hillary bashers should be required that anyone who has the stupidity to imply it was her campaign....when it is found out to be from Obama campaign should have to send apology letters or better yet – just don't blog anymore!

    March 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. M.E.J

    Sen. Obama here is an advice, please check your FICO Score before it's too late.

    March 20, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Lin

    You are so ridiculous! You all need to get a life and stop playing the blame game. Obama doesn't need your attacking, demeaning statements to help him out of the hole that he has dug for himself. With "friends" like you, who needs enemies? If the pro-Obama posters here are any indication of the type of people that are supporting him we cannot let this man lead our country! We are so much better than the behavior that you exhibit on this site. Grow up!!!

    March 20, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Juan, Texas

    This smells really bad and is the stuff conspiricies are made of...this story "has legs" folks...

    March 20, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. EJ - Ohio

    Typical Bush administration tactics

    March 20, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. obama supporter

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! i hope they find out who all is behind this and i bet money on the clinton campaign!!! she will stop at nothing!!

    March 20, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. From PA

    Don't worry theirs plently of dirt on Obama...don't need to strain that much to find!!

    March 20, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. mjaber

    You get what you deserve.

    March 20, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. Manuel TX

    Good grief.

    Did any of the Obamabots blaming Hillary actually bother to read the article.

    The same thing happened to Bill Clinton during his first campaign for president. It was malicious in that instance.

    The Obama people are hilarious. 🙂

    March 20, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. yahooo

    Sounds like someone who knows did it............. no need to read between the lines, we know who is behind this,after all "it is personal"
    i will not be surprised if in a few days we find out someone in her camp under their (Billary) did it.. these two will not stop and they believe themselves above the law......NO MORE CLINTONS

    March 20, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    This is not about race or democratic v. republican but insiders vs. outsiders and newsflash! we're all on the outside looking in.

    Get a clue!

    March 20, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Unbelievable

    Come on Hillary fanatics... set aside your bias for one second and call this for what it is, this is wrong period. One time is a freak accident, twice is a coincidence, but three times and someone has some explaining to do

    March 20, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Peter

    and what did they find, his pastor? is that the best Hillary and the republicans can do? shame on y'll ! ! !

    March 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. Sam, UK

    These blogs are dominated by small minded idiots! No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are all morons!!

    March 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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