Icelandic teenage prank caller targets White House
A teenager says he convinced the White House he was Iceland’s President and managed to schedule a call with George W Bush but was found out before he got to talk to the US President.
“My call was transferred around a few times until I got hold of [Mr] Bush’s secretary and managed to book a call meeting with [Mr] Bush the following Monday evening,” Vifill Atlason, 16, said.
The teenager posed as Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson when he made the call on December 1.
Icelandic police turned up at his door two days later and took him in for questioning.
“They told me the CIA had called the National Commissioner of the Icelandic police and asked if the police could try and find out where I received that phone number from,” Mr Atlason said.
The teenager said he was unable to recall where he discovered the telephone number for the White House.
“I know I’ve had it on my phone card for at least four years now and that an Icelandic friend gave it to me but I don’t remember who,” he said.
At a White House news conference on Monday, a spokeswoman for Mr Bush, Dana Perino, said her understanding was that Mr Atlason had called a public line “that anybody can call”, according to a transcript.
Local police confirmed the National Security Unit at the national police headquarters had asked them to bring Mr Atlason in.
Jon Bjartmarz, Chief Superintendent at Iceland’s national police headquarters, said Icelandic police had not spoken to their US counterparts about the matter. He declined to say how police were tipped off about Mr Atlason’s call.
“As far as we’re concerned, there will not be any further investigation and I don’t know if the American Government is taking any action because of this,” he said.
So it’s pretty clear that the Icelandic kid did indeed call pretending to be Grimsson. But did he really get as far as he suggests, or is that just another hoax within the hoax?