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The blogosphere and online news outlets have been buzzing since Saturday about a Fox News report that a Mexican government official took some BlackBerry devices owned by White House employees following a press event last weekend.

According to Fox, the Mexican press advance official identified as Rafael Quintero Curiel was apprehended by Secret Service agents, who recovered the personal digital assistants.

The incident, if it did indeed happen, serves as a reminder about the security risks wireless devices present.

A Wall Street Journal blog entry stated that the newspaper, also owned by Rupert Murdoch, had confirmed the essence of the story and Curiel had resigned as a result of the incident.

GCN is working to obtain confirmation or other on-the-record comment from officials in Washington and Mexico City.

But the somewhat anti-Mexican ' not to say insulting ' bias of the Fox News lead and Journal's blog item's reliance on unnamed sources call the anecdote into question: "Whether he was up to no good or simply desperate to play BrickBreaker, a Mexican press attach' was caught on camera pocketing several White House [BlackBerrys] during a recent meeting in New Orleans and has since been fired, FOX News has learned."

Posted by Wilson P. Dizard III on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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