BIDEN Issues Statement on the Breach of Senator Obama's Passport Files

Statement

By:  Joe Biden, Jr.
Date: March 20, 2008
Location: Washington, DC


BIDEN Issues Statement on the Breach of Senator Obama's Passport Files

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement upon learning that State Department contract employees breached U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's confidential passport files:

"I am deeply troubled that State Department contract employees sought access to Senator Barack Obama's passport files. Firing or disciplining those responsible is an important first step. But we need to understand why these employees had access to this information in the first place, why they sought the information, and why it took over two months for this matter to come to light. I urge the Secretary of State to promptly refer this matter to the State Department Inspector General for investigation."