GOP Staffers Improperly Accessed Democratic Files

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 23, 2004

The Boston Globe yesterday reported on a significant security breach involving the House Judiciary Committee server, access to which is shared by both Democrats and Republicans. Passwords meant to provide security for each parties’ respective documents failed due to a security glitch, allowing Republicans unrestricted access to a voluminous amount of Democratic communications. The article states that “members of the GOP committee staff” were “trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight — and with what tactics.” As a result of this intrusion, excerpts from documents on the server were published in “conservative leaning newspapers” and in the columns of Robert Novak, already at the center of the controversy over previous disclosure of sensitive government documents. An investigation into this matter is underway.

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