Oops, McCain Camp Sells Phone With Info

Fox reporter gets campaign digits at GOP garage sale
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2008 12:43 PM CST
John McCain speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)
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(Newser) – At a McCain campaign garage sale to recoup money spent on the trail, some investigative reporters picked up BlackBerrys—and got a journalistic treat, MyFox Washington reports. One device was full of campaign phone numbers and emails. The Smartphone had belonged to a Democratic organizer for McCain and offered a firsthand look at the world of grass-roots stumping.

The reporters called the available numbers, and those who picked up told them that “somebody made a mistake.” Another said, “They should have wiped that stuff out. Given the way the campaign was run, this is not a surprise.” The campaign itself said “it was an unfortunate staff error, and procedures are being put in place to ensure all information is secure.”