Thousands of sex offenders receive U.S. passports

(CNN) -- Thousands of registered sex offenders have received U.S. passports, including at least 30 federal employees, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by CNN.
The GAO report said the Department of State cannot legally deny passports to registered sex offenders, except those specifically convicted of sex tourism.
The report concluded that about 4,500 U.S. passports of the more than 16 million issued in fiscal year 2008 were issued to registered sex offenders.

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