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Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for accessing passport records of Sen. Barack Obama "without a need to do so," State Department officials confirmed to NBC News.
The three people who had access to Obama's passport records were contract employees of the department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, NBC News has learned. The unauthorized activity concerning Obama's passport information occurred in January.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
This seems too good to be true, for the Obama campaign.
This is just my opinion, but I am calling BS on this.
My gut tells me this is self-inflicted.
Contractors, paid by "someone" to access this information.
The value of the information, is probably much less than the value of
victim factor, that will be played up by B.O's Campaign..
Again, I could be wrong..but the key will not be WHO performed the break-in, but WHO paid for it.
"There is no indication that there was any political motivation. It (appears to have been) prurient interest," said a State Department official who asked not to be identified. The official said two had been fired and the third disciplined.
The dates of the breaches were January 9, February 21, and March 14 -- last Friday. Those correspond, as TPM's Josh Marshall noted, to the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic debate in Texas, and the day the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story became major political news.
MSNBC reported that the State Department official in charge of the Bureau Of Consular Affairs during the first two breaches of Obama's passport has a connection to the Clinton administration. "Mora Hardy was a consular affairs chief until the end of last month when she retired from foreign service work. Before her stint as the assistant secretary of state of consular affairs, Hardy was an ambassador to Paraguay under President Bill Clinton. She was also an executive assistant to Warren Christopher."
The Washington Times reports that the fired officials used their authorized network access to look up and read Obama’s passport application and other records.