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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accuses Jan. 6 panel of phone hacking


Democratic governor of South Dakota. Kristi Noem slammed the House committee’s handling of her personal information on Jan. 6 and blamed the committee for allegedly hacking her personal phone number.

The governor of the Mount Rushmore State claims that after her Social Security number was leaked last year by the House committee investigating the 2021 Capitol riot, her cellphone number was used by hackers to make prank calls.

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“Stupid mismanagement of personal information has real-world consequences,” Noem wrote in a press release Monday. “If you get a call like that from my number, know that I had nothing to do with it.”

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The popular South Dakota governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate added that she has pleaded with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Congress to investigate the massive leak, which also revealed the Social Security numbers of several family members.


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gov. Noem’s mobile number was hacked and she received a series of prank calls.
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“I have urged both the United States Attorney General and several congressional committees to investigate the leak of my family’s personal information, and I look forward to any resolution they can provide,” Noem said.

The governor’s office added that the South Dakota Fusion Center, a state agency that investigates criminal activity, has been notified of this breach.

The House panel on Jan. 6 released a spreadsheet, among several other files late last year, that contained nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers related to visitors to the White House in December 2020.

The leak included Social Security numbers for Noem, her husband, three children and their son-in-law, as well as other high-profile officials, including the Republican governor of Texas. Greg Abbott, Republican governor of South Carolina. Henry McMaster, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.