November 21st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama's cell phone records breached

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama's cell phone records appear to have been breached."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Records from a cell phone used by President-elect Obama were improperly breached, apparently by employees of the cell phone company, Verizon Wireless said Thursday.

"This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed President-Elect Barack Obama's personal cell phone account," Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless president and CEO, said in a statement.

"All employees who have accessed the account - whether authorized or not - have been put on immediate leave, with pay."

The Obama transition team was notified Wednesday by Verizon of the breach, said team spokesman Robert Gibbs. He said the president-elect no longer uses the phone.

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  1. Scott

    I want to be suspended WITH pay! I don't understand how this constitutes as punishment. If you mess up, you need to be punished somehow to set an example.

    November 21, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    Why with pay???? I would be fired for that why werent they? Nice to know that our cell calls and records are privilaged information

    November 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. russell

    can i get out of my verizon contract because of this

    November 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Scott Tucson

    No problem since Obama voted the surveillance laws that Bush wanted and signed into law anyways. Obama's first act as president elect was to CHANGE his phone number.

    November 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Black concern citizen!!

    Senator OB, I voted for you but is about time you puting some fresh leaders in your cabinet. I like to see a Hispanics on the supreme court and some more in your cabinet please. Don't forget about the chinese too.Some of the names we hearing already got their experince. Give someone else some experince . If you don't stop bringing all clintonians back, "you will not get my nomination" any more. Maybe you can learn from GWB. Diversity matters.

    November 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Chris S


    November 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. True Blue , West Coast

    There goes those republicrooks again.....
    Dig a little deeper, and under the pile of crap, you`ll find a Karl Rove " wanna`- be "......

    November 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. FKLC

    Verizon has been spying on American citizens at the behest of the current administration for years.... My bet is that this was not random. I think Verizon should be investigated. If it was simply a few curious employees, so be it; they should be fired. If it was part of a larger operation, we deserve to know the truth. People thought Watergate was just a bunch of burglars at the beginning too.

    November 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. John

    Sooooo they got a vacation? (leave with pay = vacation) Okaaaay?! What do the employees get for NOT breaching personal phone records? fired?

    November 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Get over it

    I noticed where the Secret Service has confiscated Obama's Blackberry.

    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. shaky

    You union bashers are all morons. Verizon Wireless is a non-union company. Check your facts idiots.

    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Rob

    To FAYE, NV November 21st, 2008 12:52 pm ET –

    Although apparently basic mastery of the English language is not a requirement, as you well have pointed out in your post. But then again I'm sure your fellow Obamaholics will take your phony claims as truth, and further the rascist lie. I find it funny, the only people who bring up anything having to do with race are the Obamaholics themselves. Conservatives/Republicans only bring up the truth, that he's an inexperienced no talent hack.

    November 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. janine

    This is very serious. Obama is the President Elect and has access to more detrimental contacts and information then Joe the Plumber and Palin combined. There is seriously no comparison.

    November 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. EW

    Those of you that are enraged, what do you fear? That someone will find out that he calls some pretty questionable people?

    Where was the outrage when a Democrat's son hacked Palin's email? All the talk that she was doing state business from that account is just that, nothing but talk. Guess anonymity makes know-it-alls out of some people.

    November 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Bubba

    It may have been as simple as one guy going "Whoa, you can see Obama's phone records. Should this be visible?" and then showing his co-workers, who agree it should be shown to the supervisor, and then the boss goes ballistic on them all. Not everyone is a thug or a knave, despite what this horrible election may have you believing.

    November 21, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Salihu Takko (Nigeria)

    It'so funny that even the 44th pres-elect of the U.S is not an exception to the dangerous and monster policies of the last 8years of phone spying.

    November 21, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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