WH Email Blunder

From Washington Whispers:

    A mundane trip manifest of reporters who traveled to Latin America with President Bush has turned colossally controversial because the White House mistakenly included personal ID info on the E-mail sent to news bureaus and accountants. The key ingredients of identity theft–Social Security and passport numbers and dates of birth–were included in the E-mail that the White House Travel Office sent out in what’s typically the first stage of billing. “A lot of us went crazy,” says one reporter, “because it’s an identify theft waiting to happen.” Among those on the trip were CBS’s Bill Plante, Fox’s Bret Baier, CNN’s Ed Henry, and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

    The manifest usually includes just the names of those on the trip and what they owe. But this E-mail, sent to media billing offices and bureau officials March 21, included a spreadsheet that on the far-right-hand side included the personal identity numbers. Why’s it a problem? “I don’t know everyone on that list. It could have been taken by somebody shady,” frets one TV reporter.