Prank Caller Gets Dubya's Digits

Impersonating Iceland's president earns 16-year-old promise of a call back
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 2:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – As prank calls go, Vífill Atlason’s call to the White House is in select company. Posing as Iceland’s president, the 16-year-old says he managed to schedule a phone meeting with President Bush, though Icelandic police tracked him down before that could happen. White House spokesmen say Atlason called a public switchboard, but ABC News confirmed it was actually a high-level line.

Atlason swears he can’t remember how he got Bush's digits. He says he passed several checkpoints before reaching Bush’s secretary, "but I had Wikipedia open, so it was not so difficult.” Police, ordered to “find the leak,” questioned Atlason, but aren’t pressing charges. “He has become a bit of a hero in Iceland,” his mother says. “Bush is very unpopular here.”