Prank Caller Gets All the Way to David Cameron

Guy was reportedly high on booze, cocaine
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2015 6:54 AM CST
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron talks to US President Barack Obama on the telephone from his office in Downing Street, London, Thursday Nov. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Macdiarmid, Pool)
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(Newser) – A prank caller had quite the successful Sunday when he convinced the British prime minister's office to put him through to David Cameron. The unidentified caller, who told the Sun he was "off [his] face on booze and cocaine" at the time, first rang British surveillance agency GCHQ claiming he couldn't reach director Robert Hannigan at his "usual number," the Telegraph reports. Lo and behold, he was given the number of Hannigan's cell. Not content with the ruse, the man next called the switchboard at 10 Downing Street and managed to get in Cameron's ear. "The prime minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax," which took "a matter of seconds," a government rep says.

The caller told the Sun, "I'm definitely going to do it again. It was so easy." However, the BBC reports Downing Street and the GCHQ are "reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident" and "a notice has gone out to all departments to be on the alert for such calls," a rep says. The prime minister's office says no sensitive information was disclosed over the two calls, but didn't comment on whether any action would be taken to identify or prosecute the prankster. Cameron isn't the first British PM to fall victim to a prank call: A radio DJ claiming to be politician William Hague once got through to Tony Blair, the Guardian reports.

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