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. Sherry

    OMG It's terrible. Not. People are getting information leaked all the time. Nothing New here!!!

    We are better off worrying about the radical agenda Obama is trying to bring to the white house with him. Talk about dividing the party.

    March 20, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. Fredd

    And this is relevant because????

    He wants to run for President, he should be ready for this, now, can we go back to issue #1!


    March 20, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Paul from Kissimmee

    Anyone blaming Republicans need to think. Clinton and Obama are destroying each other. I also don't remember the left being too upset with Dan Rather and his fake military report on Bush. A little fairness anyone?

    March 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. truvy

    I really am quite appalled that people are using this as some sort of call for transparency and "who cares if there is nothing to hide." I doubt there is anything in those files to worry about, the point is that, without clearance, no one should have access to them and that if such happens the party should be contacted and warned.

    March 20, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Richard

    Wait a second. When is about Hillary all the information has to be release inmediately because she is the most secretive politician in U.S. (they say) and when is about Obama is private??????????? Are you kidding me? Where is the hope and the change he is talking about?

    March 20, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Paul R. Vaughan

    Who decided that the DNC has the right to disenfranchise Mi and Fla voters contrary to everything in this country's history that guarantees all US citizens the right to vote and for their vote to be counted?

    March 20, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. dAnnE

    I think that it so IDIOTIC and hypocritical to say things such as "OH well," or "what is he hiding" when the point is that people are breaking the law. So people can break the law (federal laws at that) in this country, but they can't speak something controversial? Wow. Can we be consistent please.

    March 20, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. one guy trying to talk

    The supporters of Clinton now share in her hate and corruption. The Democratic party is lost. Good luck in 2012

    March 20, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Vic

    This same thing happened to Bill Clinton in 1992 just as he was taking office. It was thoroughly investigated and found to be a non-issue. The same thing will happen here. It does make one wonder what could be found in someone's travel file that would be so valuable to know? It's probably some nosey clerk who is enamored with Obama and nothing will come of it.

    March 20, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. J Ford

    Who do you think wants the dirt on him? I thinks there is dirt on Hillary, but no one has the courage to mention it. I have submitted a comment just a few minutes ago and it did not get posted. I brought up a few things about Hillary that everyone has forgotten about. AND, Hillary is using Obama as a diversion to keep the "snoopes" off of her personal life.

    If party gets divided, I am going to vote for Mccain – oh, well, another 4 years of Republicans will be better than 4 years of Clinton!

    March 20, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Mike

    There should not be any doubt hat Clintons have some role in this. They are upset that Obama changed their plan for the WH. They have tried everything. This is unbelievable what these people are trying to do to Obama.

    March 21, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. kravitz

    hillary actually replied to a reporter's question how many times he had visited certain countries. cnn can look that up and put three and hillary together. oh wait. cnn is pro hillary, according to all the blogs.

    March 21, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. Ron

    So whenever Hillary is checked and scrutinized its fine? come on. The more you talk Sen Obama the more you are messing it up. Stick to your vague talk of Hope and Change? and you would do much better. Or better still not to give the people of Florida their say. Do you honestly think that Floridians will vote for you in the General elections!!!! I think you should be checked more and their will be a big mess out there more then Jerimiah Wright!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. Jones in California

    Firing them is not a good enough; they need to investigated and presecuted according to the law.
    Enough Washington old politics. Americans 're tired of this and need a change in a new direction...

    March 21, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. Come on CNN Post my comment

    TRANSPARENCY.. If Hillary has to do it, way is Senator Obama not held up to the same standard? Where are his TAX RETURNS?

    I can't believe he would stay in a church where his Preacher/Minister promotes such hatered, I'm some what amazed. But, this is America anything goes.

    March 21, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. dana

    let's just wait for the facts............who -why – what --

    March 21, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  17. David

    Justice need to be served!!! We want to know why, and who is licked to those contractors. Dirty old politics.
    There must be a reason why the old school politicians are attacking him. They don’t want to work for the people, nor change their lazy habits.

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. manie

    Is this happen to him I am sure it happen to the others who back Obama..(senator... )Mean either that nobody is safe of privacy even us... hum it's getting uglu out there

    March 21, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  19. Amy

    Hey CNN, maybe you should do some reporting like Keith Olbermann, then you'd find out that the a

    CLINTON APPOINTED ADVISOR was involved in knowing about this breach and doing nothing.

    March 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  20. Mary in Oklahoma

    What is this guy hiding? Where and when did he go to an enemy country. Just maybe, his own campaign hired someone to do this. It is a nice distraction from all the Rev. Wright stuff.

    March 21, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. Gary In Portsmouth, VA

    i am so tired of hearning about rev. Wright. is this what american is about.. why we cant get on with something more important. American people are acting like a bunch of kids , if you dont wont Obama to be the President just come out and say it and stop all the what ever you wont to call it. most of you know that what its all about.

    March 21, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  22. BVS Maine

    What is wrong with some of you people on this message board? The fact is, you too have rights that should not be violated. To say that in someway he is deserving is audacious.

    March 21, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. ABC=Anybody But Clinton

    oh geeeezzzzz........will the madness ever end?????

    March 21, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. Myles, New Orleans

    Amazing how CNN is continuing to allow most of you hatemongers to continue to use this blog page as your sounding board. One can only wonder why? Please, do everyone a favor and think before you post your IQ and your grade level.

    March 21, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  25. Mildred

    They some one who work in McCain Staff sent the video of Pastor Wright preaching that Sermon to the new people. Here is another mess.

    March 21, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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