Is Clinton friend involved in passport breach?

A State Department official in charge of the department during two of the three breaches into the passport files of Sen. Barack Obama has a direct tie to Bill and Hillary Clinton and department officials are investigating whether she furnished information to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Maura Harty was in charge of the Bureau Of Consular Affairs during the first two breaches of Obama’s passport. Former President Bill Clinton appointed her to an ambassadorship during his Presidency.

Harty retired last month from the State Department. She joined the State Department in 2002 after serving as ambassador to Paraguay for two years of Bill Clinton’s Presidential term. Sources within the State Department told Capitol Hill Blue this morning that revelations of the first two passport breaches surfaced only after Harty left her State Department job.

17 Responses to "Is Clinton friend involved in passport breach?"

  1. sherry  March 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Yawn. I know Obama was hoping to get some milage out of this travesty, but since the other candidates’ passports were reviewed as well tells me its more likely some contractor employees were satisfying their curiosity. Clinton’s records were accessed during a training session.

  2. flyfisher109  March 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    This whole issue is another ridicules waste of time. Isn’t he required to release these records anyway? If not, shouldn’t he be required to do so? I’m positive the records will be looked at when his security clearance is upgraded.

    I don’t like the idea of government employees browsing anyone’s records for political reasons, but then again, this guy is running for president and his records are going to be scrutinized anyway. Does he have something to hide?

  3. Caro  March 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Being “in charge” of the department when the breaches happened means for certain that she was “involved” in the breach?

    Honestly, Capitol Hill Blue has jumped the shark and is now vying with John Solomon for sensational headlines that don’t match the text of the article.

    I will never visit your website again.

    Carolyn Kay
    MakeThemAccountable.com

  4. JudyB  March 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    The first suspect that came in my mind was KARL ROVE?

  5. CoachK  March 22, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Again, what might be the Clinton’s definition of “Is”?

  6. PoliticalWays  March 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

    There are news reports the the CEO of the contractor’s company whose employee committed the breach is a consultant on Obama’s campaign team. Besides why is Obama so upset? What more is Obama trying to hide besides Rezko’s contributions of over $250,000, separtist position, diverting blame, plagarism of speeches and Clinton’s plans, accusing McMain of misstatements when he himself has done so so many times? Obama is good alright. Especially, since he is real good at pointing fingers when he himself is committing the offensive activities he is accusing others of doing.

  7. pollchecker  March 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

    This is no coincidence.

  8. Dogma  March 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Surprise!! Surprise!! NOT!! As has often been mentioned, billary will go to ANY lengths to win.

  9. KYJurisDoctor  March 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I wouldn’t put it past “BILLARY”. The husband and wife team are so desperate to win they’ll do ANYTHING!

    And I mean ANYTHING!!

    http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/03/someone-snoops-through-obamas-passport.html#links

  10. bags  March 22, 2008 at 8:09 am

    LOL
    Harty retired last month from the State Department.
    ____
    bags

  11. Buttplug  March 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    If this was going the opposite way the Clinton campaign would be screaming and shouting loud. They were on a witch hunt is the indication – no surprise here. They have one way to campaign – dirty.

  12. Carl Nemo  March 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I can only “hope’ so. It just might mean bye-bye “Billary”… :|

    Carl Nemo **==

  13. pollchecker  March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Newsflash: Allegedly, Senator Obama’s passport was not the only one looked at. Allegedly, Hillary and John McCain’s was also looked at. I say allegedly, because I’m not sure we can beieve ANYTHING that comes out of the Bush Admin these days. I just don’t trust em.

  14. baliboy  March 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    So will you now take down your journalistically unjustified innuendo LEAD ARTICLE about “Clinton friend may be involved in passport breach”?:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03212008/news/nationalnews/sneaks_peeked_at_obama_file_102896.htm?page=0

    Somehow THIS MORNING Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing New York Post, which reports negatively on all things Clinton daily, knew that HER FILE had been breached EVEN EARLIER than Obama’s — though there’s been no public apology from Condi Rice for that apparently — so perhaps all your readers who joined you in instantly jumping to the usual “Billary” bile conclusions will step back and realize that, gee whiz, perhaps the Clintons aren’t the Devil and his Disciple and not responsible for ALL the ills that we will or have faced. And when they do, maybe they’ll keep their eye on the prize and focus on removing Republicans from power instead of simply bashing “Billary” whenenver it’s convenient. Enough of the cardboard caricature cutouts already…

  15. DejaVuAllOver  March 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Shocking. I think Hillary makes Karl Rove seem honest, trustworthy and moderate.

  16. Janet  March 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hmmm….What if Clinton’s campaign was behind it and to cover their tracks, they breeched Hillary’s file too so it would deflect source of blame? It’s odd considering that the same thing happened to Bill during the first Bush administration. Leads me to think it could be Bush behind it or Clinton behind it. having gotten the idea from the first time. If it turns out that Clinton is behind it, it’s Watergate again and she’s dead in the water.

    I hate to sound so paranoid, but it does seem she’ll do anything to win.

  17. pollchecker  March 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I was thinking the same thing. Why not check on her own? Sure would throw people off, right?

    But there is more to this than meets the eye. I smell a rat. Just not certain which direction the smell is coming from.

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