South Dakota Govenor Kristi Noem is demanding answers on how federal agencies allowed her personal information to become public in the aftermath of record releases from the Jan. 6 committee, as well as how these agencies plan to combat the potential results of this leak.
“My lawyers have asked the @WhiteHouse, the @USNatArchives, and @BennieGThompson which of them is responsible for leaking the Social Security Numbers of me, my husband, my 3 kids, and my son-in-law.” Noem tweeted on Friday evening following the leak of her and her loved ones private information. “What specific measures and remedies will be taken to protect our identities?”
The night before taking the oath of office for her second term, Noem learned that her Social Security number and those of her immediate family were leaked by the Jan. 6 committee.
Among the hundreds of records posted online by the committee laying out the timeline of the events leading up to the storming of the Capitol was “a spreadsheet with nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers associated with visitors to the White House in December 2020.” The list included several high-profile Republicans.
That leak included Noem along with her husband, three children and son-in-law, who according to the White House logs visited the outgoing President Donald Trump on Dec. 14, 2020. Noem shared that her visit was in an “official capacity”
Now, Noem’s legal team has issued a letter demanding more information about how the breach occurred.
“The National Archives produced these visitors logs, which then became exhibits during the January 6 Committee hearing. Prior to being published as exhibits, the law required that Protected Personal Information be redacted from the visitor logs, but that was not done.” Noem’s legal team, Woods and Fuller, wrote in a letter to the the U.S. Government Publishing Office, The National Archives and Records Administration, and to the Chair of the Jan. 6 Special Committee.
The letter added that Noem’s family is “now at a very high risk of identity theft and being personally compromised due to the failure to redact the social security numbers and making the same available to the public.”
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