March 21st, 2008
12:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Same person breached Obama's and McCain's passports

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An individual disciplined for improperly accessing Sen. Barack Obama's passport files also viewed Sen. John McCain's passport file in 2008 without authorization, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.

Full story: Presidential candidates' passport files breached

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. AR

    Bill Richardson is a very smart and very wise man. He is able to see what some have seen but many have yet to see, let alone understand. He knows it'll be very bad for the country to lose this rare opportunity which may never come around again for a very long time. Eight years from now, with Obama as the president, this country will look back and say WOW!! we didn't think all that was possible and how come no-one has ever done these. And yes, this country would also wish that Obama remains in office but he can't. Remember this comment.

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Glenn

    Some people are saying that these security breaches are politically motivated. That raises the question of which politican has the most to gain from such a politically motivated breach? Who would have the most most to gain and least to lose.

    Could be interesting to see who the private company is and who they are backing. I have three possible culprits in mind. Who do you think?

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. amy

    Obama was upset as he should be, as I would be if someone improperly accessed my personal information. Also Senator Clinton was notified when this occurred as opposed to Senator Obama who was notified after 3 seperate incidents occurred over several months. I watched him on Larry King Live last night as this story was breaking and I never saw him jump up and down so Jessica where were you looking?

    March 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. MrsGrapevine

    ...Not breached recently with the others...

    March 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Gina

    I find it interesting that so soon after the news comes out that Obama's file was breached (three times) the news comes out that the other candidates files were breached as well. Maybe trying to cover up that someone was after Obama? was not just was all of them... Hmm.....kind of makes you wonder about the accuracy of the reporting.

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Karen p

    Sounds like identity theives may have an easier time then we know when even our own government can't control their own databases.

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. By the Way....

    why don't they breach Hillary's tax return?

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Don Johnston

    I think the media uses double standards when reporting on O’bama and I no longer believe he is presidential material. To many things do not add up and this media gloss-job stinks.

    March 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Bill R.

    Gives us all a great deal of confidence when the govt. is spying on private citizens and politicians and keeping files on all of us. Apparently anyone can go look at our personal information and use it for whatever purpose.

    March 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The State Department is promising a full cover up, er investigation.

    March 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Ladyleo Atlanta

    I hope everyone realizes how serious this is with Identity theft growing. This is something everyone needs to be concerned about, not just politicians.

    March 21, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Norm

    I smell a rat ...I mean a typical politician.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    I thinks the three presidential candidate are under the G.W.Bush terrorist surveillance

    March 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Kojo, Ireland

    If Obama can be hated so much by his fellow citizens it realyy makes me wonder..........I know brilliant people tend to attract extremes on the like/hate scale but Obama,s is exceptional. Makes me wonder why!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. chris from IL

    can you say Lawsuit?

    March 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Mary

    And this person still has a job???...

    Oh, and Timmy?...In case you haven't noticed...This story is not about Obama's Pastor...Post your outrage where it belongs if you insist on keeping that old news alive.

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    Why are presidential candidates not properly vetted?

    March 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. CARRIE

    are we sure Clinton's and McCain's were breached? Or are they just saying that to cover up the breach of Obama's. It's like " Oh, it's not so bad, he wasn't the only one, it happened to a republican too."This stinks to high heaven. We need an independent investigation and also publish the names of those that were fired. This is a matter of Public Record, these guys broke the law,. So don't tell me Karl Rove granted them amnesty.

    March 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Mary

    Obama is asking appropriate questions how did it happen and for what reason. Once Clinton & McCain have a chance to review it, I trust they'll want the answers as well. Why should anyone be able to review anycitizens private files? If you're critical of Obama on this one, you're probably critical on things much deeper.

    March 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    When you have news media censor and skew blogs one way you have to go the other way and vote. After all, if CNN and MSNBC had the guts to report the facts about the invasion of Iraq, we probably would have different results in 2004.

    Snotty little bugger eating wannabe moderators kma.

    March 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Antoinette

    The only reason why it was reported first was because his was the forst to be known

    I came in at midnight and it was on the television

    Then Hillary's came and then McCains

    Thats why his was made known first. Watch the news people

    March 21, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Haneef

    Totally outrages to see this happen now. To all the Obama haters besides the so-called Wright incident what has Obama done but try to unite this country. What else do you have to satnd on in not suporting him?

    March 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    If the same person breached both McCain's and Obama's files, we now have a realistic basis for suspecting that the individual was, if not connected with, may have been motivated to help Clinton. We know that the breach of Clinton's file has been explained as an occurrence during a training exercise in which there is no suspicion attached since the participant and his/her innocent intent was immediately revealed.

    Whether or not corrective action was taken against the individual, it is urgent that the investigation identify the motive for the breach and th epotential for political hanky panky.

    March 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Paull

    Hmmmmm..... Obama's file breached and McCain's file breached by
    the same person. Wonder why Clinton's file wasn't messed with
    by this person. Food for thought for all Hillaryous voters.

    March 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Marie

    I'm sorry, CNN, but exactly how is Kimberly's post acceptable?

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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