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Sunak’s personal phone number ‘published online’

22 Oct 2023 2 minute read
Rishi Sunak. Photo Gareth Fuller. PA Images

The Prime Minister’s phone number has been published online in an embarrassing security breach.

Rishi Sunak’s personal mobile number was revealed after social media pranksters published audio of the phone ringing and the Prime Minister’s answerphone message responding, The Sun reported.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “We don’t comment on security matters.”

The number is the one Sunak has used for many years – including while chancellor and during last year’s leadership election, the newspaper said.

He was reportedly given a new, separate number when he came to power almost a year ago.

But the online video that emerged on Sunday appears to show the personal number has continued to be in operation.

Earlier this month it emerged that Mr Sunak told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry he was unable to provide WhatsApp messages sent from the number because he failed to back them up and had changed phones several times so “does not have access” to them.

It is not the first time that a prime minister’s mobile phone number has been available online.

Boris Johnson was advised to stop using his personal phone and not access it again on security grounds while serving as prime minister in May 2021 after it emerged his number had been freely available online for 15 years.

That led to a protracted process to extract his messages for the Covid-19 inquiry, reportedly made more complicated because he forgot his passcode.


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Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

Security breaches are to be expected in Westminster, when you have the idiotic Tories like B Johnson sending KGB agents to the house of lords, despite warnings and against the advice of the UK the security services. Once a KGB agent, always a KGB agent.

Last edited 6 months ago by Gareth
Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago

This is a deliberate ploy, just like with Johnson, to muddy the waters about which phone was used for what, when, so that when Sunak is INEVITABLY investigated for fraud, incompetence, having the presence and body language of Elmo from Sesame Street, crimes against humanity etc, he can feasibly deny that he still has the incriminating evidence

Last edited 5 months ago by Sarah Good

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