[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/04/passport.official/art.passport.gi.jpg caption=" The passport files of Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain were improperly accessed."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top State Department official responsible for passport issues will be replaced after a recent controversy over contract employees snooping into passport files of the U.S. presidential candidates.
The department's deputy spokesman, Tom Casey, would not draw a link between the reassignment of Ann Barrett and the violations.
Casey attributed the move to normal employee turnover and not "any individual incident or set of incidents."