The third employee, who has not been fired, worked for The Analysis Corporation (TAC), which is headed by John O. Brennan, a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign on intelligence and foreign policy.
The TAC employee is the only individual to have accessed both Mr. Obama’s and Mr. McCain’s passport information without proper authorization, a State Department spokesman said. That employee, who was not named, triggered an electronic alarm system, officials familiar with the probe said…
TAC, a McLean-based information firm that has helped the State Department automate the Terrorist Watchlist over the last several years, issued a statement last night that it had been notified earlier in the day that one of its contractors had acted improperly. The firm said it had honored a State Department request not to fire its consultant to help the investigation.
“This individual’s actions were taken without the knowledge or direction of anyone at TAC and are wholly inconsistent with our professional and ethical standards,” the company wrote.
Eh. I mocked the left and Team Barry for hyperventilating over this on Thursday night so I won’t respond in kind. Brennan used to be head of the NCTC; if he’s burning to learn McCain’s social security number, surely he knows ways of getting it that don’t leave fingerprints and don’t involve unreliable low-level employees. It’s much ado about nothing. Besides, if Obama is the Messiah, doesn’t he already know the number anyway?