This is not good:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that her passport file was breached in 2007.

In a statement from her Senate office, Clinton said she had been contacted by Rice. The State Department plans to brief Clinton’s staff Friday about the unauthorized breach.

The development came just hours after the State Department fired two contract employees and disciplined a third for inappropriately examining the passport file of Clinton’s Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

It’s still quite possible (I’d like to think likely) that we’re dealing with “imprudent curiosity” here. However, it will get more difficult to stick with that story if news of additional cross-party breaches does not follow.

Update:
McCain’s file was breached as well. I bet he’s actually relieved:

The passport files of presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, a Republican, were improperly accessed by State Department workers, a U.S. official said on Friday.



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