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RIM to share some BlackBerry codes with Saudis: source

RIYADH/JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Research In Motion has agreed to hand over user codes that would let Saudi authorities monitor its BlackBerry Messenger, as it seeks to stop the kingdom from silencing the service, a source close to the talks said on Tuesday. The source said RIM would share with Saudi Arabia the unique pin number and code for each BlackBerry registered there. That will allow authorities to read encrypted text sent via Messenger, an instant messaging service that's distinct from e-mail sent on the BlackBerry. The arrangement would effectively give Saudi Arabia access to RIM's main server for Messenger, but only for communications to and from Saudi users, the source said. The Canadian company declined to comment, referring media to its earlier statement in which it said it "cooperates with all governments with a consistent standard." here