March 20th, 2008
09:19 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/20/08

We’ve got breaking news tonight. Sen. Barack Obama's passport records at the State Department have been breached on three separate occasions.  This story is still unfolding.  Candy Crowley and Zain Verjee will be on with the most up to date information. 

 We’ll also take a look at the latest out of Michigan which broke the rules by holding an early primary.  Their delegates were stripped and it looks like there will not be a re-vote. 

 We’ll open the blog to comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. rosendo


    As I understand it since Sen. Obama lived overseas, in Asia as a child, he travelled extensively with his mother. Records obviously were kept and comment recorded. Nice tidbits for persons who want to destroy his candidacy.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Laure

    Anderson and Erica,
    I am new to the blog, but you are both GREAT!

    Gabi, there are SS numbers and all kinds of personal information that no one would want looked at, especially with all the ramifications of that. This is a huge violation.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Whitney B in Canada

    It's nice to hear something other than Jeremiah Wright!
    However, this presidential race has certainly strayed from the political issues.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Justin M.

    Liz – Exactly. And sorry to hear about your and MIchigan's votes. 🙁

    March 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Gretchen

    I agree, Edward! They hand out our information to every telemarketer in the world. While the three contractors should have known better and it doesn't excuse the behaviour, it seems to me that all of us have a right to a little more privacy.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Christi Belcourt from Canada

    The Washington Post has reported that Condelleza Rice was informed of Obama's passport breach on March 19th.

    CNN reported "high level officials" only found out this afternoon (March 20th?)

    Why the conflict in timeline? How did Rice know but Obama wasn't informed until a day later?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Lilibeth

    Erica, maybe they're just curious...but if they have bad intentions, maybe they're looking for information that they can use against him in his campaign. But who knows what the real reason is? Only they know themselves...

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Maggie

    Did a super job last night Ande
    Must compliment you to the max.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Jenn

    I' m glad you are back Anderson!it's not the same without you!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Cristina (San Diego)

    The breach of Barack Obama's passport information just brings us to the larger issue of government access into information that they have no right to access. Perhaps there is some truth to Rev. Wright's comments.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Kathy

    What about the files for the average person? In my view confidential is confidential.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar

    Me too Kathy, I am agree with you...

    March 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  13. priscilla

    ok now they want to know what's on his pass port. hmmm. i'll want to know the name of his dog.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Maureen T

    Any idea if these individuals found what they were looking for?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  15. chanel

    i don't think its fair to point the finger but i hope the media and Obama press the issue so they can get to the bottom of this.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  16. EJ - Ohio

    Makes you wonder what the government has done with our information and we'd never find out anything about it. Sad.

    The feds probably even track where we go on the internet. They may even have a list of all those who "live blog" on 360.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Baffled

    Anderson –

    I wish someone should ask this question: How do these individual contractors get fired from their assignments, 2 of them, and that information doesn't higher than their immediate supervisors? Does that make any sense what so ever?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar

    They found for passport no reason for workers snooped, they already fired.........

    March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Tammy

    Hey all–

    Something smells rotten in the State Department...This is pretty unbelievable, and yet it's not. Obama, Clinton, who's to say mine or yours won't be open game (or aren't already)?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  20. anita in honolulu

    Anderson: Nice tie. The knot is a little crooked though...you might want to fix it during the break! :-}

    March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  21. erica hill

    Good question, good point Janelle.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Edward

    How often are other people's records viewed? That's the question. I'm tired of govt. officials acting like the victim. How about my taxes and credit information going overseas?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I am interested in what they were trying to find with his passport information. Maybe his security records and such. I use to work for Passprt Canada and other then general information (name, date of birth, address) the only other things you could look for were criminal information and such (i.e. late child support payments and such)

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Liz - Florida

    Justin M.- I so agree with you. People continue to not mention in the end of the process, neither candidate will have the 2,024 magic number for the nomination. Why isn't this part expressed????

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Karen M.

    I think the supervisors are getting the shaft here. The fact that management wasn't informed indicates that there were no real procedures about how the information from the alert systems was to be handled.

    It's not the "lower level civil servants" who need to be disciplined, it's the middle management types who should have implemented a clear information chain.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Karen

    Obama reminds me of Jesse and Al … just a little more polished and on “Civil Rights March” history. He is divisive … You can say a lot about Hillary but you can’t challenge her or her families patriotism … the president of the USA’s president should never have any shadow of doubt over his head regarding his patriotism … that person must undoubtedly be the No. 1 cheerleader. … Nominate Obama and say hello to President McCain.

    It’s pretty clear that the die hard supporters of Obama will never be able to measure him objectively … they choose their presidents like they choose their partners … jump right into bed with him/her before getting to know the person … then get upset when that person is not what he/she promised to be.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. erica hill

    Thanks to everyone who weighed in my earlier blog... some great points. We're tackling the race issue tonight, I hope we can get some of your questions answered.

    On a lighter note, loved the March Madness comments from all of you!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Rose from San Bernardino, Ca

    I fear for Senator Obama and his family.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Jennj

    What were they hoping to find?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Gabi

    I do not feel that this breach will have any affect on the campaign or the election or his life in general. I agree with S, Minneapolis – he is already so well known, what more info can we breach? I am sure that those employees were just curious individuals. They did not have any right to do this, but let's face it...Many of us with that kind of access would look at the files!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Brent, Roseville CA

    I predict within the week that it will be discovered it was someone with ties to the Clinton campaign.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Are we going to blame President Bush for the breech of viewing the records? How do we know who it was? It could have been anyone at the State Dept. Let's get the facts straight before the media explodes on this story!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Tamara


    My guess something that they can sell to the media.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Solomiia, Toronto, On

    yayyy Anderson you're back :):) I'm glad your doing well and I agree with Kathy, you are truly blessed.
    Looks like an interesting show tonite. 🙂

    March 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm |

    Wow,...the level of incompetency and recklessness of this administration is beyond measure. How in the world can people in the lower level of a department access personal information on three different occassions since January without the INSPECTOR GENERAL or higher management knowing?.....it beats sense, and it sure beats the little sense left in this administration.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Janelle, WY

    How did this happen THREE times? Wouldn't you beef up security after the first two times?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. EJ - Ohio

    This breach is not a surprise to me. I know people get mad on the comparisons with MLK, Jr. but the FBI did the same sorts of things to him. I bet this is only the tip of the iceburg.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to violate the privacy of his wife as well.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Bloggers and Anderson!!!
    Welcome back!!!!! Bad news for Obama!!!!! Ouch!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    It seems odd that there has been no investigation yet and that high level officals ahve just found out.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Brent, Roseville CA

    Welcome back Anderson! We missed you. Hope you are well. Great interview last night with Sen. Obama.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Rev Mom

    Imprudent curiosity? Hmmm. How else could the information be used?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Frances L.

    This is another example of how scared the republican party really is when it comes to a good candidate. The State Dept. says the security system works because they caught it, but why was this not stopped after the first one. THEY ARE SCARED!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. erica hill

    Hi, everyone. A busy night here at AC 360. We've got the latest on this passport breach for you... my question? What were they looking for in Obama's file?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. chanel

    S, Minneapolis, People illegally looked at his passport data. i think its illegal

    March 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. EJ - Ohio

    Kathy – so true! I wish I had all the love that Anderson does. Or I'll take even a 4th of the love that he has.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Justin M.

    I keep hearing that the Democratic Party will be in shambles if the superdelegates reverse the decision of the pledged delegates; however, the system was built for this case. Two states aren't being counted, and the race is so close. If the superdelegates reverse the decision, the supporters of Clinton will be happy. On the other hand, if the decision is not reversed, Obama supporters will be happy. No matter what happens, approximately 50% of the party will be upset. To say that the party will be in shambles because of a reversal is just not true–half the party will be happy and support the decision, as the voting system is based on the ability for superdelegates to reverse the decision! Will someone please mention this on air?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Mandy

    Loved the show last night (on the road with Barack Obama). Great job as always.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Rose from San Bernardino, Ca

    Hi, Anderson...Hope you're having a Good Evening...

    I think somebody in the State Dept. want to find something on Senator Obama like they did with Bill Clinton before he became President in the 1990's. Who can it be? I thought we had good security?

    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. S, Minneapolis

    What does that mean that his passport records were breached–that there are likely fake Obama passports floating around or something? Heh, as he gets more well-known, they'll get pretty worthless!

    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Kathy

    How truly blessed you are to have so many well wishers and prayers on your behalf. Add me to the list.

    March 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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