Presidential posse leaving BlackBerrys at home for Olympics


US President Bush is on his way to China for the Olympics beginning Friday, and staffers accompanying him will be without BlackBerrys for the duration due to security concerns. Wow, top-shelf bureaucrats without BlackBerrys? That’s going to be rough for them. To be fair, Chinese hotels have been forced by the local government to install spy software which will monitor guests’ internet usage, which puts wireless monitoring not that far-fetched. Is the presidential staff justified in leaving their BlackBerrys at home, or is this just the Chinese version of the Patriot Act? One way or the other, the Hong Kong BlackBerry 9000 launch wasn’t too long ago, so there may very well be a few Bolds floating through the crowds at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing before the show’s over.

(CBS via Pinstack)

2 Responses to “Presidential posse leaving BlackBerrys at home for Olympics”

  1. 1 DavidB

    Seems our gov’t has a pretty poor track record of keeping track of their Blackberry’s (let alone keeping secrets!), so is it really any surprise?
    Good angle, though. Yeah, you gotta wonder how many folks will be picking up a Bold “over there” to bring home? Oh and FOR SURE they will be declaring them for import! Ha!

  2. 2 Hugh

    Isn’t pretty tough to crack a BlackBerry serviced by a BES?

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