State Dept. Fires 2 Over Breach of Obama Files

Employees looked at his passport records
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2008 7:57 PM CDT
State Dept. Fires 2 Over Breach of Obama Files
Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., waits behind the curtain to speak at a town hall meeting in Beckley, W.V., Thursday, March 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The State Department has fired two employees and disciplined a third for taking unauthorized looks at Barack Obama's passport records, NBC News reports. It's not clear what they were trying to do, but their explanations for looking at the files didn't satisfy their bosses. The Obama camp said it smacked of political shenanigans and demanded an investigation.

"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 a statement from the Obama camp. "Our government’s duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes." The employees were contract workers for the Bureau of Consulate Affairs. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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