William A. Celey became the latest State Department employee to plead guilty to illegally accessing passport files. Celey had been charged with unauthorized computer access and will be sentenced in October. As reported on Examiner.com:
In pleading guilty, Celey admitted that between June 22, 2004, and July 15, 2004, he logged onto the PIERS database and viewed the passport applications of more than 75 celebrities and their families, actors, models, musicians, athletes, record producers, family members, a politician and other individuals identified in the press. Celey admitted that he had no official government reason to access and view these passport applications, but that his sole purpose in accessing and viewing these passport applications was idle curiosity.