March 21st, 2008
03:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama calls for investigation into passport file snooping

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama is calling for a congressional investigation."] (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Friday called for an investigation into how the security of the passport files of the three remaining presidential candidates was breached.

The State Department admitted Friday that the passport files of Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain had been accessed without authorization.

"One of the things that the American people count on in their interactions with any level of government is that if they have to disclose personal information that it stay personal and stay private," Obama said in Portland, Oregon.

"And when you have not just one but a series of attempts to tap into people's personal records, that's a problem not just for me, but for how our government is functioning," he said.

Obama said he expected "a full and thorough investigation" by the administration done in conjunction with congressional oversight committees.

The State Department's inspector general has already started an investigation, department officials said.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the Justice Department had not launched an investigation and did not expect to unless it was asked by the inspector general.

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    Oh Well, onto BETTER news network. FOX, who would have thought that?

    March 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. John

    Hi CNN:

    Why does not post my post for Hillary, your network is so biased for Obama. Shame on CNN!!!

    March 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Robert Burns, Attorney

    Illinois, too bad you aren't still in New France. All 3 candidates, including John McCain, were victimized by the illegal snooping.

    March 21, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. docrock,tx

    Welcome to twenty first century America politicians!!Every person in this country is available for "snooping" ,due to King George.What do you think makes you special?If you are not Royalty,then join the ranks of the oppressed.Does'nt feel good,does it.Payback is a booger,huh??

    March 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Very Concerned American

    Obama is the only one complaining.
    Maybe he IS afraid of some information that he didn't want amyone to see.

    March 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. JIM from ESVA

    Why do so many of you have such narrow minds and believe your feeling out weigh the well being of America. Is it that too many of you have lived privileged lives and are just plain self centered?

    March 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Max

    If Barack gets the nomination and a democrats refuse to vote for him in the general election, you have got some problems that we can't help you with. Keep it real. Obame is fantastic, he motivates the nation.

    Obama 08!

    March 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. R

    It IS about our right to privacy. How does this article in any way show a CNN bias towards Obama?

    If y'all remember, back a few months ago CNN had stories about Hillary's shoes.

    March 21, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Ralph

    Paying people to snoop and then blame Hillary? Wouldn't put anything past him. He is so desperate. He knows that he is going to lose, so he will try ANYTHING TO WIN,and blame it on her or Bill. He will never take responsibilty for his own actions. HE is nothing more than a smooth talking CON MAN.

    March 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. disgusted

    i don't know about you..but if my priest ever talked like that in church i would have gotten up and walked out, nor would i have a friendship with him....unless i shared in his beliefs.....remember you cannot choose your family, but, your friends are your choice.

    March 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Natasha M. in KY

    Everyone has something negative to say about Obama's pastor, but I completely understand and chose not to judge. I am a black catholic in KY. The only black family in our church. I have been a member my entire life. When all the controversy came out over the priets in the catholic chuuch, I didn't leave. Where whould I go? That is where I built my faith. So the priest were participating in behavior that i didnt agree with. I didnt mean that i thought the way they thought. I had my own spirtual relationship, and it had nothing to do with the priest behavior....get it??? Obama had his own spritial relationship it wasnt based on Wright.

    March 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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