Kristi Noem demands answers after US Government leaks social security numbers of her and family
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is seeking answers about how federal agencies allowed her personal information to become public after the committee released records on Jan. 6, and how those agencies plan to combat the potential results of the leak. .
“My lawyers have asked the @WhiteHouse, @USNatArchives and @BennieGThompson which one is responsible for releasing the Social Security Numbers of me, my husband, my 3 children and my son-in-law.” Noem tweeted on Friday evening after the leak of her and her loved ones’ private information. “What specific measures and remedies will be taken to protect our identity?”
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The night before she was sworn in for her second term, Noem learned that her Social Security numbers and those of her immediate family were leaked by the Jan. 6 committee.
Among the hundreds of records posted online by the committee charting the timeline of events leading up to the Capitol attack was “a spreadsheet of nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers associated with visitors to the White House in December 2020.” The list included several high-profile Republicans.
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That leak included Noem along with her husband, three children and son-in-law, who according to White House records visited outgoing President Donald Trump on Dec. 14, 2020. Noem indicated her visit was in an “official capacity.” .
President Donald J. Trump speaks with South Dakota Governor-elect Kristi Noem during a meeting with Governors-elect in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem delivers her victory speech after re-election on November 8. (KDLT)
Now, Noem’s legal team has issued a letter seeking more information about how the breach occurred.
“The National Archives produced these visitor logs, which were then made into exhibits during the January 6 Commission hearing. Before they were released as exhibits, the law required that Protected Personal Information be redacted from the visitor logs, but this was not done. do.” Noem’s legal team, Woods and Fuller, wrote in a Jan. 6 letter to the US Government’s Public Office, the National Archives and Records Administration and the Special Committee Chairman.
The White House, Government Public Office, National Archives and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the Jan. 6 Committee, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the leak.
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 social security numbers and make them publicly available.”
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The letter also argues that the release of this information is a violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 and has left open the possibility of further action. Noem’s lawyers attached a January 13 deadline for a response from the parties addressed.
Other high-profile individuals involved in the public leak are Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R), former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and former Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.
Sarah Rumpf is a Fox News Digital Production Assistant. You can reach him on Twitter at @rumpfsarahc