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According to the military, a Marine demanded access to Biden’s medical records

According to the military, a Marine demanded access to Biden’s medical records

A U.S. sailor has been disciplined by the Navy for unsuccessfully attempting to access President Biden’s medical records without authorization, officials announced Tuesday, as the president’s health and fitness to serve in office remain under review.

The incident occurred on February 26, long before Biden’s faltering performance at the presidential debate last month sparked panic among Democrats. It was not immediately clear whether the actions were politically motivated.

The sailor, whose identity has not been publicly released, is assigned to a Navy medical unit at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, outside Washington, Navy spokesman Commander Tim Hawkins said in a statement. The sailor accessed the military’s digital patient portal and searched for Biden’s name “out of curiosity” but ultimately could not find any records of the president, Hawkins said.

“At no point was the President’s personal information compromised,” he added.

The case came to light because a colleague reported the sailor for violating the Medical Privacy Act, Hawkins said. He noted that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCS) concluded in April that a violation had occurred even though “the file the sailor accessed was not the electronic file of the President of the United States.” The Navy did not release its findings at the time.

The sailor, described only as the lowest-ranking, was administratively disciplined, said a U.S. defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The case, first reported by CBS News, occurred days before Biden’s regular medical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. The Navy unit in Virginia had the separate mission of training sailors in medicine and was assigned about 400 doctors, nurses and other personnel.

Major General Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that the White House and senior Defense Department officials were briefed on the situation in February.

The Navy’s announcement of the incident came more than a year after news emerged of another high-profile data privacy issue in the military.

In this case, a young member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard accessed hundreds of top-secret documents without permission and uploaded images of them online. Jack Teixeira, 22, faces 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to willful retention and disclosure of national defense information.

Teixeira remains in custody awaiting sentencing in the fall. The Air Force has also sought to court-martial Teixeira on charges of obstruction of justice and insubordination. A commander overseeing the case is expected to announce his intentions in the case soon.