Clinton, McCain passport records were also viewed

WASHINGTON Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:22pm EDT

Presidential hopefuls Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) applaud during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington February 1, 2007. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Presidential hopefuls Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) applaud during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington February 1, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

The official, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, declined further comment. On Thursday, the State Department said it had fired two employees and disciplined a third for having snooped in the passport files of Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat running for president.

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