Verizon Wireless employees caught snooping on Obama’s phone records

November 21, 2008

Verizon Wireless employees caught snooping on Obama's phone records Verizon Wireless CEO and President Lowell Adams released a statement admitting that President Elect Barack Obama’s personal cell phone records were breached during this year’s Presidential Race. While few details have emerged about the breach, his words hint that the misconduct may have been widespread.

While Obama was famously connected during his campaign via a Blackberry smartphone device, the subject of this breach was a simple flip phone that belonged to the President Elect personally. While Verizon claims that no one accessed Obama’s voicemail, there is evidence that a number of employees accessed his account.

Here’s Lowell Adam’s publicly-released statement:

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. The account has been inactive for several months. The device on the account was a simple voice flip-phone, not a BlackBerry or other smartphone designed for e-mail or other data services.

All employees who have accessed the account – whether authorized or not – have been put on immediate leave, with pay. As the circumstances of each individual employee’s access to the account are determined, the company will take appropriate actions. Employees with legitimate business needs for access will be returned to their positions, while employees who have accessed the account improperly and without legitimate business justification will face appropriate disciplinary action.

We apologize to President-Elect Obama and will work to keep the trust our customers place in us every day.

This smacks of a schoolboy prank, wherein word spread within Verizon about the details of then-Presidential hopeful Obama’s account. It will be interesting to see how many gawkers couldn’t resist sneaking a peek at his account details and what kind of punishment Verizon metes out to its frat-boy charges.

Questions remain about this violation of our new President’s privacy. Just how many Verizon employees accessed Obama’s records? What, if anything, did they do with the information found in his records?

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4 Responses to “Verizon Wireless employees caught snooping on Obama’s phone records”

  1. Mike Arnold:

    It saddens me that Verizon has a long-standing policy of tolerating dishonesty. I am a father and grandfather of a Verizon employee who has been stealing from them for a long time. It is my failure as a parent this child has become the way she is. In an effort to educate my child to the evils of theft I turned my daughter in for stealing from Verizon. To my surprise instead of Verizon using some type of disciplinary action she was given a promotion. In the end my grandchildren have been taken away, Verizon has another employee capable of the current charges against them with hacking Obama’s phone records. My question to Verizon is: Would you like to borrow my dictionary to allow you to define integrity, honesty, and morality?

  2. Mr Mike:

    “…policy of tolerating dishonesty.” misses the mark.
    I’m in no way criticizing you.
    All honest people have been taught to believe (the cherry tree fantasy is a good place as any to start) that the “Upper Echelon” of any organization, including local city government, etc up to our federal government and finally stopping
    at the president are beyond reproach.

    However, leadership including lack of comes from the top down. So one could say “Partners in Crime”

    Honest organizations have aggressive ethic programs in place with awareness playing an important part. i.e. Posters, meetings etc.
    They also have a group to monitor the ENTIRE organization for unethical behavior.
    This is not about stealing paper clips!
    This is about your concern Mr Mike up to people dying due to deliberate cutback of electrical generation causing prices to skyrocket and rolling black outs to occur daily to homes in Southern California.
    I was there when it started and a good while after. I noticed the only group not effected was “Big Business”. I guess they did not want them to bring the “heat”.
    The theme would not be, it’s California’s fault due to the laws they enacted and the past President smiling saying he was NOT going to do anything. His reason? He did not want to make matters worse.

    How many Mr Lays and gang with powerful political influence, up to Vice P in the
    above reference.
    I wonder how many think the past President also knew what was taking place?

  3. Dan LaPier:

    “…policy of tolerating dishonesty.” misses the mark.
    I’m in no way criticizing you.
    All honest people have been taught to believe (the cherry tree fantasy is a good place as any to start) that the “Upper Echelon” of any organization, including local city government, etc up to our federal government and finally stopping
    at the president are beyond reproach.

    However, leadership including lack of comes from the top down. So one could say “Partners in Crime”

    Honest organizations have aggressive ethic programs in place with awareness playing an important part. i.e. Posters, meetings etc.
    They also have a group to monitor the ENTIRE organization for unethical behavior.

    This is not about stealing paper clips!
    This is about your concern Mr Mike up to people dying due to deliberate cutback of electrical generation causing prices to skyrocket and rolling black outs to occur daily to homes in Southern California.
    I was there when it started and a good while after. I noticed the only group not effected was “Big Business”. I guess they did not want them to bring the “heat”.
    The theme would not be, it’s California’s fault due to the laws they enacted and the past President smiling saying he was NOT going to do anything. His reason? He did not want to make matters worse.

    How many Mr Lays and gang with powerful political influence, up to Vice P in the
    above reference.
    I wonder how many think the past President also knew what was taking place?

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