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Congressman Twitters away CODEL location in Iraq
As the New Mexico Independent’s resident Twitterphile, this news caught my eye.
U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., created a security breach with his Twitter account while visiting Iraq last week. While on what was supposed to be a secret trip to Baghdad, Hoekstra gave away his position with his Twitter account. Maybe he was just happy about getting BlackBerry service in Iraq for the first time.
Just landed in Baghdad. I believe it may be first time I’ve had bb service in Iraq. 11th trip here. 9:41 PM Feb 5th from TwitterBerryMoved into green zone by helicopter Iraqi flag now over palace.Headed to new US embassy Appears calmer less chaotic than previous here.1:56 PM Feb 5th from TwitterBerry.
Politico’s Glenn Thrush tells us why this is a big deal.
It’s the policy of CODEL-ing Congresspeople — as every reporter who has tried to cover one from afar knows — not to disclose the location (even the country) in a war zone until after the fact, for security purposes.
While I have sent Tweets from radio studios, TV studios and presidential candidate appearances, I’ve never done it where it could cost American lives.
And in case you wondering what CODEL stands for, C-SPAN lets you know. “CODEL stands for Congressional Delegation. It refers to a trip abroad by a group of members,” the C-SPAN Congressional Glossary informs.