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Did he or didn't he? Austrian chancellor's iPhone stirs up controversy

Chris Ziegler

Bitter party rivals in the world's political arenas are always looking for dirt to sling on their opponents, but this is a pretty novel one. Austria's BZÖ is calling for an investigation into chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's use of an iPhone captured on camera at an EU summit a full frickin' day ahead of its official Austrian release. It looks like the questions center around whether the phone was unlocked; if it was unlocked then whether it was legal or moral to do so; if it wasn't unlocked whether Gusenbauer was getting special treatment; and above all, whether the government footed the bill (he says it was a birthday gift, but yeah, we've heard that line before). Must be nice to live somewhere where this is one of the bigger political rows going on, eh?

[Thanks, Daniel F.]

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