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Obama fighting to keep his BlackBerry
January 08, 2009 21:19 IST
Last Updated: January 08, 2009 21:20 IST
US President-elect Barack Obama [Images] is still 'scuffling' with the Secret Service and lawyers in his battle to keep his Blackberry in the White House, which he says is essential to stay in touch with the outside world.
Though Obama is yet to relent, he has conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his Blackberry phone.
Asked if the issue has been resolved, Obama said: "I am still in a scuffle around that."
Of all the fights facing Obama as he prepares for the White House, one of the most maddening for him is the prospect of losing the BlackBerry that has been attached to his belt for years, the New York Times reported.
"This is a concern, I should add, not just of Secret Service, but also lawyers," Obama said, speaking in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times.
"I don't know that I will win," Obama said. But, he added, "I am still fighting it."
For national security purposes, a president is limited in his electronic correspondences for fear of hacking. Additionally, presidential communications are strictly monitored and archived for historical purposes.
Obama's aides have earlier said that that he hopes to have a laptop computer on his desk in the Oval Office, making him the first American president to do so.
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