By Elinor Mills
November 20, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama's cell phone billing records were
improperly accessed by employees of Verizon Wireless, CNN reported late
Obama's transition team was informed of the breach by Verizon Wireless
representatives on Wednesday, team spokesman Robert Gibbs told the news
The phone, a voice flip-phone with no e-mail access, is no longer active
or being used by Obama, the report said. Lists of phone numbers and
calls made by Obama could have been accessed, but "nobody was monitoring
voicemail," Gibbs is quoted as saying.
Verizon Wireless has notified federal law enforcement authorities,
Verizon Wireless President and Chief Executive Lowell McAdam wrote in an
internal company e-mail distributed on Wednesday that CNN obtained. The
Secret Service has been informed, Gibbs said.
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