A Nixonian dirty trick? Must be. Just imagine the type of spam one could send if you knew a candidate’s e-mail address:
Passport application data includes such details as date and place of birth, e-mail address, mailing address, Social Security number, former names and travel plans. Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 to a Kenyan father and American mother. He lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, from age six to 10.
A State spokesman says the data wasn’t copied or altered and doesn’t appear to have been accessed at anyone’s behest, but it’ll knock the Wright stuff off the front page for a day and give the left the opportunity it’s been searching for the past week to return to victimhood. And darned if Obama’s team isn’t seizing it with both hands.
Minor discrepancy: NBC says the unauthorized access happened in January but the Wash Times says it happened once that month, then again in February, and then again in March. Exit question one: Why didn’t anyone step in after the first breach? Exit question two: If it’s all a great Rovian conspiracy to destroy the Messiah by discovering his secret date of birth or whatever, why’d the feds burn their bridges to the employees who have the goods by firing them instead of making some demonic bargain for their silence?
Update: “A senior official told NBC News there was ‘no political motivation’ to the incidents, adding that the three were low-level contract employees doing administrative work and accessed Obama’s records out of ‘curiosity.'”
Update: Think of this story as the flip side of the speech the other day. You knew exactly which way the most shameless hacks would bend on that one. And you know exactly which way they’ll bend on this one.
Update: State will brief Obama’s staff on the breach tomorrow.
Update: Geraghty points the finger — baselessly!