Obama’s Intelligence Adviser Involved in Security Breach (”cauterized” O’s passport info)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 10:42:32 PM by dascallie
Obama’s Intelligence Adviser Involved in Security Breach
Monday, January 12, 2009 1:46 PM
Obamas top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Departments passport office, according to a State Department Inspector Generals report released this past July.
The security breach, first reported by the Washington Times and later confirmed by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, involved a contract employee of Brennans firm, The Analysis Corp., which has earned millions of dollars providing intelligence-related consulting services to federal agencies and private companies.
During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation.
Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to cauterize the records of potentially embarrassing information.
They looked at the McCain and Clinton files as well to create confusion, one knowledgeable source told Newsmax. But this was basically an attempt to cauterize the Obama file.
At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.
“This individual’s actions were taken without the knowledge or direction of anyone at The Analysis Corp. and are wholly inconsistent with our professional and ethical standards,” Brennans company said in a statement sent to reporters after the passport breach was made public.
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SNEAKS PEEKED AT OBAMA FILE - FEDS AX 2 PASSPORT GAWKERS
Passport Files of Three Presidential Candidates Were Breached
Los Angeles Times (LATWP News Service) (CA) - Friday, March 21, 2008
Author: Letta Tayler=(c) 2008, Newsday
The contact workers opened Obamas and McCains files earlier this year in Obamas case, as recently as last week. Supervisors were alerted by a computerized alert system that flags unauthorized peeks into high-profile passport files.
A fourth employee casually opened Clintons file last summer during a training session with another worker and was reprimanded, McCormack said.
Passport files include such information as Social Security numbers that could allow sleuths to access credit history and other personal details.
Two workers were from Stanley, Inc., a Virginia company that just signed a five-year, $570 million contract to work on the State Departments passport database, The Associated Press reported. A third worker was contracted from the Analysis Corporation (TAC), which is headed by John O. Brennan, a former CIA agent who advises Obamas campaign on intelligence and foreign policy, the Washington Times reported. The paper also said the State Department was conducting polygraph tests.
SNEAKS PEEKED AT OBAMA FILE - FEDS AX 2 PASSPORT GAWKERS
New York Post (NY) - Friday, March 21, 2008
Author: GEOFF EARLE Post Correspondent
The incidents occurred in January, February and March, as Obama burst onto the national scene to become a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, but Obama wasnt informed about it until yesterday, his campaign said. Passport files are supposed to be kept secure under the Privacy Act, and employees are instructed not to read them without authorization.
The fired employees got caught by a computer system that monitors people who dig into files of high-profile individuals.
State Department officials said the files probably contained Obama s passport applications, which include information like date of birth, travel plans and Social Security number.
They couldnt say for certain that the fired employees didnt pass the information on.
Obama has a particularly diverse background that makes his file juicy. His father was from Kenya, and as a child, Obama lived in Indonesia - a country subject to travel warnings and terror threats.
He made a 2006 visit to Kenya that attracted national attention at the time, and more recently, when photos surfaced of him in tribal garb.
Passport Files of 3 Candidates Were Pried Into
By HELENE COOPER
Published: March 22, 2008
Two Fired for Viewing Obama Passport File
State Department Investigating Whether Contractors Broke Law
By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2008; Page A03
The two contractors were identified late Friday as the Analysis Corp. of McLean, Va., and Stanley Inc., an Arlington, Va., firm that earlier this week won a five-year, $570 million extension of its contract to perform passport services.
State Department officials said their review showed that Obama’s file was accessed improperly on three occasions.
On Jan. 9, the day after the New Hampshire primary, a Stanley contract employee accessed Obama’s records and was fired within days, officials told the Associated Press. A second worker, employed by Analysis Corp., looked into Obama’s files on Feb. 21, but was not fired. On March 14, another Stanley employee pried into the Democrat's files and was terminated.
It was not immediately clear why employees at the two firms were treated differently. But in a statement issued late Friday, Analysis Corp. said it was honoring the State Department's request to delay firing its consultant in order to give investigators time to conduct their probe.
Holy crap! How could I miss that one?