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article imageUS State Dept. Fires Those Who Breached Obama's Passport File

By Can Tran     Mar 20, 2008 in Politics
In a developing story, the U.S. State Department has reported an unauthorized breach of the passport file of Democratic frontrunner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Those responsible have been terminated or disciplined.
The U.S. Department of State has revealed that since January of 2008, three contractors have accessed data pertaining to the passport file of U.S. Democratic frontrunner Senator Barack Obama. This report comes days after the controversy with the speech made by Obama’s then-spiritual adviser Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
According to Sean McCormack, spokesman for the State Department, the three workers were not allowed to look at Obama’s passport information in the first place. However, “curiosity” got the best of them.
McCormack explains the company the contractors themselves worked for was not connected in any way to the security breach. Two of the contractors were fired while one is being disciplined by the company. At this moment, the names of those who committed the breach have not been disclosed.
The report of the breach has received criticism from the Democrats, the Barack Obama campaign, and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Obama’s campaign has asked for a full investigation into this matter.
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 Bill Burton, spokesman for the Obama campaign.
Doug Hattaway, spokesman for the Hillary Clinton campaign added: “If it’s true, it’s reprehensible, and the Bush administration has a responsibility to get to the bottom of it.”
The report mirrors what happened to then-Democratic nominee and eventual U.S. president Bill Clinton back in 1992 when he was campaigning against then-U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former Democratic hopeful urged the Secretary of State to launch an investigation.
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