McCain Camp Sells BlackBerry With Sensitive Information

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According to a Fox affilliate, John McCain's campaign isn't just selling desk, chairs, and office equipment while wrapping up his failed bid for presidency. They're also selling BlackBerrys for the low, low price of $20. If the price isn't enough to get you to open your wallet, maybe the fact that they come with contact information of hundreds of high-level politicians and political operatives will.

A reporter for the news station, Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., picked up the BlackBerry at a fire sale event on Thursday. When charging up the device, the station discovered that the campaign had failed to erase the phone's memory. This meant that contact information and other information for about fifty people was still on the phone. Combined with a second BlackBerry that the reporter bought, nearly 300 contacts were discovered.

One of those people was a former Virginia governer Jim Gilmore. From the Fox 5 report:
FOX 5 called Gilmore on his cell phone.

“It makes me quite uncomfortable,” he says, because, “it’s a matter of principle.  I gave that information to McCain headquarters and to have it sold is bothersome.”
This isn't the first time that BlackBerrys have been a source of embarassment for the campaign. In September, a McCain aide was caught out claiming the handheld devices were invented by John McCain, pointing at a reporter's BlackBerrys and saying, "You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create." The Republican senator also famously said that he did not know how to use a computer.
 
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