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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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. LyonsPhilly

    How about leave with no pay...How about FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. thomas

    No cause for alarm people. Those Verizon employees worked for the NSA.

    November 21, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. mitch

    who cares?

    November 21, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Tom in Delaware

    Here's what you do Barack.

    Call Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber to find out what the ACLU can do to get to the bottom of this...they'll be the first to help.

    November 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Simmy

    Given the distresses in our economy, those employees took great risks! They are fortunate to have kept their jobs! BUT: Next time you're OUT!

    November 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Tim

    Well, I see the phone companies are STILL spying on Americans for the Bush Administration.

    Can't wait for America's eight year nightmare to be over on January 20, 2009

    November 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Joe Green

    The employees were Republicans, and if there was any "dirt" to be found, it would be on the Drudge report already.

    The Republicans will stop at nothing to destroy this man.

    November 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Logic

    Whoever did this should be prosecuted ..

    Secondly to you right-winger who dare to bring up Joe the "Unlicensed Plumber" .. as i see you folks are doing ...

    Let me clarify something to you folks ... Obama didn't authorize the access of Joe's Personal records ... Secondly if you want to blame someone blame Mac .. he brought him in the spotlight by bringing up his name about over 15 times in the debates .. no one would've known about Joe if it wasn't for Mc Cain

    November 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Matt

    Add this to the list of "Things to Do to Earn a CIA Interrogation."

    November 21, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Noah

    Wait this is too funny! So you Liberals want whoever did this to be prosecuted, yet when some punk kid broke into Sarah Palin's email account you thought it was funny and felt you deserved to know the content of her private emails? Oh the hypocrisy of the stupid Liberal left continues.

    November 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Neal

    Yeah, why would you do that?

    November 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    Those people should all be fired immediately.

    November 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Breaking News

    What else is new,privacy no longer exists.Cells phones can now be hacked to the point that people can listen to you if its turned on or not.I just read it in P.C Magazine.Big Brother knows everything we say and do.

    November 21, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Another O and Joe supporter

    And so they're back to their old dirty tricks. Can't they just go away quietly
    and with some amount of dignity? Those repugs are the the worse group of failures and sore losers. They will lie, cheat, steal, and sell their very souls to the devil. They need to go away and concern themselves with other things and leave the country alone, so we can try to salvage what's left of it after the horrific last 8 years. Please! go away!

    November 21, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. jane in Columbus,ks

    Very disappointing to learn that it is the usually well respected Verizon behind this breach.Since they obviously know which employees were involved why are they on " paid admin leave"?.I hope this warrants federal prosecution this is a serious matter and should be dealt with harshly.

    November 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Boston

    """""immediate leave, with pay."""""

    i just don't get the ""With Pay""" part!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. god bless the US

    Wow can't a president use anything owned by a private US company without his security being breached?

    Does this mean that Obama will have to switch to some government ran cell phone company?

    btw, what service does bush use, or does bush even use a cell phone?

    November 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Sheri

    big deal!

    November 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Idiots, if we're lucky.
    Stupid if these people were joping to do someting malicious.

    November 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. That Other Jerry

    Hey "Another O" .– "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." Grow up! This was a handful of stupid phone company employees who thought they could get away with something. They need to be FIRED, not suspended, and then prosecuted. Do you want the people at YOUR phone company looking at YOUR records? I don't either. My phone conversations are just as private as Barack Obama's, and if somebody peeks at them I want them canned like a Christmas ham.

    November 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. C W

    Verizon should thoroughly investigate this matter, fire everyone involved and turn their information over to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.

    November 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Obama08

    Oh please, do you really think the republicians are the only ones that have ever done this kind of thing? Anyone remember the situation of Michael Steele in Maryland?

    Everyone jumps to conclusions, is there any evidence that says a republican ordered this or is it a curious employee of Verizon?

    People need to get a clue, even if this was not politically motivated and simply curiosity the bottom line is all politicians are liars and crooks.

    November 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Dave in NYC

    Big deal, Bush & Cheney have been listening in on ALL our phone calls for the last 7 years!

    November 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    They were probably just curious ...i would be lol

    November 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. George, MD

    As president, maybe he'll be able to take care of that problem. Telephone companies–necessary evils.

    November 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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