Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama's Passport File Improperly Searched

I'm sorry, but shouldn't the State Department be working on more important matters . . . like cleaning up the resolution on Alexandra Dupre's Girls Gone Wild video?

(CNN) -- On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

The contractors accessed information in the file in an unauthorized way, he said. Two contractors were fired and one was disciplined by the contractor's company, McCormack said.

He said the contractors are not linked.

The State Department hires contractors to design, build and maintain their systems and help employees with searches. McCormack said two of the contractors in the Obama case were "low-level" personnel and the other was in a mid-level position with no management role.

The breach seems like "imprudent curiosity" among the contract workers, said McCormack, adding that senior management at the State Department was not aware of the incidents until Thursday afternoon. Breaches occurred January 9, February 21 and March 14. (H/T - CNN)

After reading the article, I couldn't understand what could be so interesting about Obama's passport file. And then, it hit me: someone wanted to reprint his earliest passport photo . . .

UPDATE: Apparently, all three remaining Presidential candidates (Obama, Clinton, and McCain) had their passport files searched.

SECOND UPDATE: Case invesitgators are now looking at a Virginia-based company headed by an Obama advisor. Interesting . . .

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