Skip to comments.Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired (On Drudge)
Posted on 03/20/2008 5:51:22 PM PDT by jdm
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Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
A similar data breach took place in 1992 when State Department officials looked up data on presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in an attempt to find out information from the late 1960s, amid unfounded political campaign rumors that Mr. Clinton had sought to renounce his citizenship to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
That incident triggered a three-year investigation by a special prosecutor, who found that no laws were violated but officials exercised poor judgment. The 1992 search of Mr. Clinton's passport records was part of an effort to speed up Freedom of Information Act requests.
Asked whether a political candidate or party is behind the incidents, Mr. McCormack said: "None at this point in time that we have determined."
Mr. McCormack declined to provide the names of the employees or the contract, but he said they were hired by the contractor involved in producing, processing and approving passports.
"This is supposed to be a transaction between an individual and the government, and this is private information that we take a lot of steps to protect, and we take that responsibility seriously, not only for high profile individuals but for everybody," he said.
Mr. McCormack said the incidents took place at consular affairs facilities in the Washington area.
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That's just wrong, no matter who it is.
Wonder whether the “fired” employees got jobs with another federal agency thanks to Hillary..........just sayin’......
Those contractors will be named, shortly.
someone is going to try and kill him.
Three separate incidents; three employees. I don’t think this is anything except the entertainment value of watching Olberman soil himself.
Osama Obama probalby put them up to it himself so he can play the victim.
Just having that face show up in the media repeatedly is one of my main reasons for opposing her. I'm hoping she will quickly fade away after this fiasco.
It looks like those “contractors” sent the stolen information to Hillary’s buttboy Joe Conason at Salon...
Plans within plans within plans.
Obama looking for distraction from the “wright stuff”?
It may have been just plain, dumb curiosity.
Seems to me that it’s a breach of security to explain how they were caught. Future data fishers will be more cautious, I expect.
McPain sucks...but Clinton and Obama are fighting to see who can surrender the fastest, who is the bigger socialist, who can play the PC gender/race card better, who can abort the most babies...It takes these 2 crappy liberals to make McPain almost look ok.
The FBI should be talking to Joe Conason about what he knows about this...
no big deal its not like stuffing top secret records down your pants like Sandy Burglar..
HILLARY AT HER BEST!!!!!!
Too bad she wasn’t able to dig up any dirt................. or maybe she did. LOL
This is on H&C now. Obama wants to change the subject bad!
Watch his campaign TRY VERY HARD to make an issue of this.
could it be obama’s own camp, burnishing the image of “victim” on the one side, “white devil” on the other?
It's interesting that no one gets fired in a Dem administration when official records get looked at.
900 FBI files, Linda Tripp's records ,etcetera...
I agree it’s terrible. What’s surprising is that Hannity is implying Obama is trying to distract us from Wright. Ridiculous.
You gathered that from this article because...?
As well he should. Put yourself in his shoes.
He should not, hes just distracting us from his disastrous race card speech and ongoing relationship with Wright.
“I think this is just maybe a case of being sloppy”(sarc)
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what are you talking about ?
I don't think it's so ridiculous, when it is juxtaposed against the presidential polls that reflect Obama in a free fall as much as 20 percentage point swings.
Jimbo— good linkage with Joe Conason...Being that it happened to Clinton,it is likely that they would have stored away this little trick. The Clintons also got all those FBI files on their enemies. We’ll see if it leads to Clinton.
Sure I would too! It looks like the snooping was done by curious contract employees and not political operatives.
I don’t think he will have luck “Blaming Bush” or otherwise changing the subject on this one.
They won’t prosecute traitorious war protesters who travel back and forth to Cuba and denounce the U.S. while on speaking tours in the mideast, but hey, they have their priorities....
Isn't she another democrat campaign manager loser(Dukakis)....
Obama will release his passport records when Hillary releases her tax records.
Could be, that’s why I posted the article from last year.
Jus’ googled obama passport...came right up.
The polls may change as a result of his race speech and I pray they do as I DO NOT want to see Hillary as the nominee. However, a security breach definitely warrants a full investigation and his outrage is justified.
I think Hannity is onto something !
I agree with you that it is a security breech that needs to be dealt with.
That Salon article from December explains a lot!
Definitely worthy of an email to Obama’s camp with a link to the Conason story. I’m sure they’d find it interesting. Add fuel to the fire, let Obama’s peeps know what might be up.
Nice digging. Wonder when we will hear that the two fired hacks are old Klintoon leftovers?
No, this Washington Times story hasn't already been posted. What you linked to was a single sentence vanity, not an article.
Gettin-r-did as we speak.
And Kerry's Form 180. Don't hold your breath waitin'!
just post it on the daily obama—(daily kos).
Hillary’s behind it, I’ll bet. The State Department is riddled with Clintonistas.
Someone needs to cache that Conason column before it disappears!