Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota, blames the exposure of her Social Security number in the thousands of papers made public by the House Jan. 6 committee last year for the hacking of her mobile phone number.
The governor’s office said in a press release on Monday that Noem was not a part of prank calls made on her cell phone.
The state legislature is debating how to further Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s economic plan (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File).
Noem stated that egregious information handling has real-world repercussions. “If you receive a call like that from my number, please know that I was not involved.”
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She said that she had encouraged the US Attorney General and multiple congressional committees to look into the situation, which involved the disclosure of private information about her family.
Noem also reported the intrusion to the South Dakota Fusion Center. The center is a state organization that gathers information on criminal activity.
On November 15, 2022, in Orlando, Florida, Fox News conducted an interview with South Dakota’s Republican governor, Kristi Noem, during the Republican Governors Association’s annual winter convention.
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The governor’s administration gave no additional details regarding the leak.
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Noem is thinking about running for president in 2024.
In the wake of the Jan. 6 committee’s data release, Noem wanted explanations for how government agencies permitted her personal information to become public.
The night before taking the oath of office for her second term, she found out about the breach.
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One of the hundreds of documents the committee posted online detailing the timeline of the events leading up to the storming of the Capitol was titled “A spreadsheet containing over 2,000 Social Security numbers related with excursions to the White House in December 2020.” The list included a large number of well-known Republicans.
The White House logs show that on December 14, 2020, Noem, her husband, their three children, and their son-in-law paid a visit to outgoing President Donald Trump. She had visited in a “official role,” Noem explained.
Gregg Abbott of Texas, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Alex Azar of the former Health and Human Services Department and Ben Carson of the former Housing and Urban Development Department are a few other well-known figures who were involved in the public leak.
Sarah Rumpf from Fox News contributed to this story.
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