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Breaking News: State Dept. fires 2 for peeks into Obama's passport file

March 20, 2008 |  6:15 pm

A State Department spokesman has just announced that two of its contract employees have been fired and a third reprimanded for hacking into the computer files of Sen. Barack Obama's passport.

The spokesman said the department's own security system had detected the breaches on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14. He said the workers were removed for "imprudent curiosity."

According to the Associated Press, a spokesman for the Obama campaign demanded a full investigation including motives and the reason for the delays in announcing the breaches.

-- Andrew Malcolm