Washington (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she has apologized to Barack Obama for an incident in which state department contractors unnecessarily reviewed his passport file.
The episode raises questions as to whether the actions of three contractors, two of whom have been fired, were politically motivated.
Rice said she spoke with Obama and told him she was sorry.
The unauthorized snooping was detected by internal computer checks. The state department says certain records, including those of high-profile people, are electronically flagged to tip off supervisors if somebody tries to view the records without a proper