LONDON–A Prankster has managed to get through to prime minister David Cameron and convince him, albeit briefly, that he was someone that he ought to listen to.
Cameron was relaxing with the family when the call happened, and was surprised to have received the communiqué during a day off at around 11am.
The call purported to come from Robert Hannigan, director of government monitoring agency GCHQ, so we would assume that when Cameron got the call, regardless of the day or time of day, his stomach did a little loop.
Not so, according to reports, which have Cameron batting away the efforts of the prankster like an elephant’s tail does with flies.
“Every now and again I suspect these things will happen,” Cameron told the BBC. “I thought that was strange as it was eleven o’clock in the morning.”
According to an oft reported statement attributed to Cameron’s office, the savvy PM clocked on to the prank in no time at all, and applied a decisive finger to his end call button with no external assistance.
“The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax. In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed,” a spokeswoman for Downing Street said in a statement.
“GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.”
The Sun, a newspaper with some experience about how people use their phones, took the confessional call from the hoaxer who said that the act was done while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
This, like another person in this article, caused us to express surprise that it happened at 11am