Two outside contractors for the State Department were fired in the past two months and one was suspended just last week for illegally accessing Barack Obama’s personal information, passport info and travel schedule.

Why did they do it? Why did it happen multiple times? Why didn’t senior management know about until a reporter told them?

These are all questions which will hopefully be answered soon, but for now we have this response from the government…

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the department itself detected the instances of “imprudent curiosity,” which occurred separately on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14. He would not release the names of those who were fired and disciplined.

“We believe this was out of imprudent curiosity, so we are taking steps to reassure ourselves that that is, in fact, the case,” McCormack said.

Hmmm, assume the best? That’s not a very satisfying response. I mean, how will they confirm imprudent curiosity? Dangle a big ball of string in the middle of an intersection and see if the contractors in question will chase it?

Okay, I kid, but seriously…that seems like a pretty thin answer to something that happened THREE separate times.

More as it develops..

Looks like passport breaches happen to people who talk about Hope a lot.

From 1992’s NY Times:

In the latest example of finger-pointing over the search of Bill Clinton’s passport files, a top State Department official, John F. W. Rogers, denies that he approved the search, conducted in the midst of the Presidential campaign.

Mr. Rogers, the Under Secretary of State for Management, has told Federal investigators that he reported the search to Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the acting Secretary of State, on Oct. 1, just a day after it began, and that he was concerned about how the search would be viewed. Contradicts Former Official

His assertions directly contradict statements by a former department official, Elizabeth M. Tamposi. Ms. Tamposi, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, was dismissed on Tuesday by President Bush after being accused of authorizing the search. She has told investigators that the search was approved by Mr. Rogers and begun by one of her assistants, Carmen DePlacido, acting director of the passport office, without consulting her. She has also said that she told Mr. Rogers that the passport files had been tampered with.

My question…what info could be gained by this? It’s not as if passport info follows you around the country. Well, unless you use that as ID, but that’s not really standard operation procedure for presidential candidates, is it?

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