State Department Official: Clinton and McCain Passport Files Breached

During a briefing going on now, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Sean McCormack said that follow-up checks by the Department after the breaches of Barack Obama’s passport file uncovered two other breaches of presidential candidates: one of Hillary Clinton and one of John McCain.

McCormack said that the breach of Clinton’s file had occurred this past summer by a trainee in the Passport Office and only happened because trainees are encouraged to do test searches (they usually pick a family member, McCormack said) and one employee decided to use Hillary on his or her test run.

The McCain breach, he said, was done by one of the same employees who had peeped at Obama’s file. It was “detected earlier this year,” he said, but “I don’t have the exact date.” That employee has been “disciplined,” he said, but is still working with the contractor. McCormack later said that employee “no longer has access to this kind of information.”

Update: Here’s video of that briefing:

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