By Rafe Needleman
February 6, 2009
For security reasons, the congressional delegation led by House Minority
Leader John Boehner to Iraq today was supposed to be secret. Everything
had been going fine in that regard. Even media outlets that knew of the
trip, like the Congressional Quarterly, kept a lid on the news.
That was, until Representative Peter Hoekstra Twittered his arrival into
Baghdad. "Just landed in Baghdad. I believe it may be first time I've
had bb service in Iraq. 11 th trip here," he sent from his Blackberry.
I don't know if Rep. Hoekstra broke any laws by revealing the trip, but
the political blogs are fond of pointing out that such a security lapse
is surprising for the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence
Also news: Apparently, you can now get BlackBerry data service in
Baghdad. Although I doubt anyone will be surprised if that service is
taken offline for a bit after this gaffe.
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