Today the United States Postal Service put the blame on ‘human error’ when someone sent Abigail Spanberger’s personal information to the possession of the info by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), which is a Paul Ryan-backed Republican Super PAC.
The document was apparently received after a FOIA request. But, the document was not redacted at all and it included Spanberger’s SSN and all of her former addresses.
The USPS released a statement today:
“We take full responsibility for this unfortunate error, and we have taken immediate steps to ensure this will not happen again,” David Partenheimer, a Postal Service spokesman, said in a statement. He added, “The privacy and security of personal information is of utmost importance to the Postal Service. The Postal Service offers our sincere apology to Ms. Spanberger, and we will request the return of the information which we mistakenly disclosed.”
Read the response from Spanberger below:
Today, Abigail Spanberger, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District, released the following statement in response to the United States Postal Service acknowledging the improper disclosure of Spanberger’s Official Personnel File, and the subsequent use of her private information by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Paul Ryan backed Republican Super PAC.
“When I served as a federal agent with the US Postal Inspection Service and as a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, I did so to serve my country and protect my fellow citizens – including those who work at the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) and America Rising.
“The Postal Service has confirmed that they gave information to America Rising and CLF that they never should have provided. I remain profoundly disappointed by CLF’s politically-motivated choice to circulate my unredacted National Security Questionnaire, a document that could not have been legally provided to them. Despite our repeated cease and desist letters, they continue to circulate my private information, including my Social Security number and medical history.
“I have read the press release from the US Postal Service (USPS) and have spoken with the Chief Postal Inspector regarding this disturbing issue, and many unanswered questions remain. I am awaiting confirmation as to whether my National Security Questionnaire was indeed among the Official Personnel File (“OPF”) documents released to America Rising and CLF.
“It is my sincere hope that USPS will provide significantly more detail as to how this major failure occurred, and that CLF and America Rising will put decency and country before politics and comply with USPS’s request that they return all documents received. I also expect that CLF will comply with our original cease and desist and stop sharing my personal identifying information, including my Social Security Number.”
“I am continuing to review potential legal remedies against USPS, America Rising and CLF to get answers to unanswered questions and right this wrong.”