Sunday, March 23, 2008

Passportgate: Bad News for Obama & NYT

Sen. Barack Obama’s paid campaign staff as well as his NY Times editorial board volunteers are demanding congressional investigations into who at the State Department made unauthorized looks at his passport information.

Indeed, we need to know and punish those who did that, as well as those who took unauthorized looks at Sens. Hillary Clinton's and John McCain's passport information.

We’re now beginning to learn some things about all of that.

And folks, it won’t make Team Obama happy.

First, the Washington Times reports:

The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama …

Two of the three contract employees had been fired before The Washington Times first reported Thursday on security breaches involving Mr. Obama's passport records. The furor expanded yesterday to incidents involving the passport records of Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton.

The third employee, who has not been fired, worked for The Analysis Corporation (TAC), which is headed by John O. Brennan, a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obama's presidential campaign on intelligence and foreign policy. …

Now CNN is reporting:
The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday.

John O. Brennan, president and CEO of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said.

Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month.

The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January. …
Could what the Wash. Times and CNN are reporting be true?

I think so, but I'm not sure. My main concern right now is to get the reports to you ASAP.

With that done, I suggest we all wait to hear what the Obama people at campaign headquarters and the NY Times tell us about these reports.

In the meantime, a commenter at Intsapundit emails:
"I heard they found out from McCain's passport file that as a young man, he spent several years in a Communist capitol. And with no entry stamp!"
Could that be true?

Will congressional inquisitors Reps. John Conyers and Henry Waxman investigate?

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

The entire WT story's here: the CNN story's here.

Hat tips: JinC Regular AC and Instapundit


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Anonymous said...

I realize this is probably a joke about McCain's passport in Viet Nam but news that time spent in a Communist country with no entry stamp on passports is not news either. It was the policy for example of the Soviet Union that visitors have separate visas stapled inside passports that, while stamped, were removed as one exited the country leaving no record of their visit. I attended an education seminar in The Soviet Union in the late 1970's and my passport had no record of my visit.

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