Update on State Department Passport Breach

In March, reports emerged that State Department employees gained unauthorized access to the passport files of Senators Clinton, McCain, and Obama, leaving many wondering if politics played a role in the breach. Wired Blogs reports that, on Monday, a former State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research analyst pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing the passport records in violation of Section 1030(a)(2)(B) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. The analyst admitted that between 2005 and 2008, he read the passport applications of “approximately 200 celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians and their immediate families, musicians, game show contestants, members of the media corps, prominent business professionals, colleagues, associates, neighbors, and individuals identified in the press.” The government said the analyst accessed the applications out of “idle curiosity.” If indeed that is true, a year in jail is a hefty price to pay to itch the curiosity scratch.

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