Obama Gets Secret Service Protection

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., began receiving Secret Service protection Thursday.

The unusual move -- quite early in the presidential process -- will likely continue as Obama continue his pursuit of the Democratic nomination.

"Yes, we can confirm we are protecting Senator Obama," U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Darrin Blackford told ABC News.

As per their standard operating procedure, the Secret Service refused to provide any further details on the decision and Obama's campaign referred all inquiries back to the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

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