March 11, 2008
Texts expose yet another politician's indiscretions
And once again, the issue has everyone wondering: Just how do authorities get text messages?
In the case of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to a top aide, records were archived by a private company that he, as mayor, authorized to handle the city's messaging system. It became part of the subpoena process of a lawsuit.
Spitzer's mobile phone number, personal calls and text messages were apparently recorded as part of a court-authorized federal wiretap on the suspected prostitution ring.
Neither case has anything to do with the average person whose text messages are routinely erased by the wireless phone companies, generally within a few days of being transmitted.
Verizon, Sprint and AT&Tall insist there are no stored volumes of text messages out there. "
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