LONDON — A prankster who claimed to be the director of Britain’s secretive eavesdropping agency was connected directly to Prime Minister David Cameron, officials admitted Sunday.
Security procedures are under review after the hoax, a spokesman for Cameron's office at Number 10 Downing Street said in a statement.
The caller pretended to be the boss of GCHQ — the British equivalent of the NSA.
"The prime minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax,” said the statement, according to ITV News.
The same person also obtained a cellphone number for the GCHQ director from the organization’s switchboard but the line was not one used to discuss classified information, the statement added. “In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed.”
The prank comes two years after an Australian radio station was connected directly to a nurse treating the Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha took her own life after transferring the call.
In 1995, a radio host spoke to Queen Elizabeth for 15 minutes after calling Buckingham Palace and pretending to be Canada’s prime minister.